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Mt. Rainier above the clouds

Mt. Rainier above the clouds
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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1992-11
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon EM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-31 9:31
Viewed: 5234
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mount Rainier is a stratovolcano in Pierce County, Washington, located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington, in the United States. It is the highest peak in the Cascade Range, with a topographical summit of 14,411 feet (4,392 m). The mountain and the surrounding area comprise Mount Rainier National Park. The mountain is mostly covered by snow and glaciers, but heat from the volcano keeps areas of the crater rim on its summit cone mostly free of snow and ice. The geothermal heat has also caused the formation of glacier caves in the twin summit craters. (wikepedia)

On May 24, 2005, rescuers retrieved the bodies of two climbers who a relative said left for a weekend trek up Mount Rainier dressed in shorts and cotton pants, hours before a severe snowstorm hit, officials said.

Mount Rainier National Park rangers spotted two motionless bodies from a helicopter on Monday, but had to turn back as night fell.

Rescuers returned the next day to retrieve and identify the bodies of Tim Stark, 57, and his nephew, Greg Stark, 27. Their bodies were found at about 10,000 feet.

They were the first deaths on the mountain this year, park officials said. Mount Rainier averages 3 deaths per year of people trying to attain the summit which is 14,210 feet.

I took this photo from a plane. The pilot had made a special point to circle the dormant volcano so that the passengers could see it. I was glad I had a camera and was lucky to be sitting on the proper side of the plane. This is a scanned photo. Dust and scratches were removed, and I cropped out the plane's wing.

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Hi Alli,
This is a strange image, and as I understand captured under special conditions...
Interesting lighting on top of the cloud carpet, the summit make a strong impression this way!
And I have no idea how you get pilots to circle on interesting subjects, hehehehe!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-31 11:22]

Hello Alli,
Wonderful landscape,well caught,framed and composed.POV,warm colors and details are excellent.

Such a beautful shot. With the soft color of the sky, this picture looks serene to me instead of the harsh environment the climbers must have experienced. Really nice capture.


Anna, Mt. Rainer is a spectacular landmark I visited 2 years ago. I'm not a trekker and drove upto the highest spot. it is such a huge mountain and at any given moment, it is very hard to see the full structure since part of that is always covered in snow. Your note is interesting as well. I'm not an active member of TN and I did post my version of Mt. Rainer in my TE account.

This picture looks a bit noisy and I agree you took it from a plane window. Airplane windows are not clear to take such picture. But the conical structure is dramatic and the clouds seems like surface by itself.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-31 12:45]

Hi Ali,

A very haunting shot with lovely colours, it really looks like the clouds are snow and you could walk on them, you have made a good job of cleaning the image up.

TFS Hilary

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-31 14:09]

Sad story but a wonderful shot. Great colours and composition

Hi Alli,
I spent my vacation in WA state last year and during that time 3 people died in the cascade range. If I remember one was on Mt. Rainier.

This is a great photo of the mountain and the light helped out a lot. Good job on the scan.

Hi Alli,
Beautiful landscape picture. Nice color tone. Feeling the immense of this cone shape mountain which rises above sea of clouds. Thanks for sharing this experience.

Hi Alli,
For a scanned photo taken thru a plane window it still looks good. What a breath tking scene to see. Love the pastel colors. I have been on that mountain sking in July.

Terrific shot Alli!!! great atmosphere, well done, Cheers, Luís.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-02 4:29]

Hello Alli!
Fantastic landscape. This is unbelivable view. Mountain over clouds. Like illustration from fantasy book. I love it!

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-08-02 13:53]

Merci Alli de nous faire découvrir ce mont et en plus de ses caractéristiques, nous apprendre que ce mont est souvent le théâtre de drames pour des personnes qui tentent de réaliser leur projet de se rendre au sommet.
Ce qui donne un aspect plus dramatique à votre photo, qui est bien réussie dans les conditions.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-04 6:10]

Superb! Good view from the plane and well captured. Can't beat that POV either. Well done and very interesting!
I've just come back from Australia (Melbourne) with my daughter. Had a super time and wished we could have stayed longer!

Well I have to love this image as it is my home state and where I live(not on the mountain either.) Excellent opportunity photo, you managed to capture a beautiful image of Mt.Rainier so well. :)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-07 3:42]

Hi Alli,
great Mt Rainier, good POV, unusual view and colours, interesting informations in note. I like it.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Alli
What a spectacular shot of Mount Rainier. It 's such a huge mountain, I can see it was volcano at one time. I love the colours and the clouds skirting the mountain below.
TFS Janice

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-29 20:11]

Hello Alli,
I like this image althought it's not too good technically. But the climate of this shot rewards any flaws! Excellent light and colours.
I like very much your note too.
Best greetings,

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