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Why They Call It Paradise

Rainier from Deadhorse Creek TrailEarlier this week, Tanya,, Carson and I went camping for three days at La Wis Wis near White Pass. I took the opportunity to drive up to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park for one sunset and one sunrise. Though it looked like they were slightly past their prime, the wildflowers were incredible at Paradise. If you want to see them this year, you best get up there fast.

For my sunset shots, I hiked from the visitor center eastward on the Skyline Trail then partly up the Golden Gate Trail. The flowers were great on the Golden Gate Trail, but the view of Rainier is partially obstructed by a ridge. Luckily for me, the view of the Tatoosh Range to the south put on a good alpenglow show.

The next morning, after arriving at Paradise at 5:45 a.m. (no trouble finding parking at that time!), I headed north on the Skyline Trail to Glacier Vista, then back to the visitor center via the Deadhorse Creek and Waterfall Trails. Again, great flowers, but also more unobstructed views of Rainier (the featured photo above is of Rainier from the Deadhorse Creek Trail). Unfortunately, there wasn’t much color in the sunrise. However, low-lying clouds below Paradise made for some good shots.

Anyway, I just wanted to post a few photos from the trip to show you why they call it Paradise!

Tatoosh Range

Tatoosh Range from the Golden Gate Trail

Golden Gate Flowers

Mount Rainier from the Golden Gate Trail

Sunset and Crescent Moon

A crescent moon mixing it up with the sunset

Clouds Below Paradise

Clouds covering the lowlands below Paradise in the morning

Rainier from Glacier Vista

View of Rainier at sunrise from Glacier Vista

Tatoosh Range

Morning clouds below the Tatoosh Range

Carson Enjoying Camping

Bonus Photo: Carson enjoying camping at La Wis Wis (taken with my cell phone)

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12 responses

  1. inés de l'orange

    These are breathtaking… :)

    August 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

  2. Beautiful pictures! X

    August 26, 2012 at 2:46 am

  3. Great landscape, great pictures !

    August 26, 2012 at 3:09 am

  4. Stunning captures Joe!!!! Beautiful Landscape!! :) **

    August 26, 2012 at 4:34 am

  5. Mar

    great pictures…. thanks!

    August 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

  6. woo1970

    These picture are beautiful! :)

    August 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

  7. Absolutely breathtaking!! :)

    August 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  8. Great images, as always.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    • Thanks Ron, that means something coming from a good photographer like yourself.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  9. Un posto fantastico e delle gran belle immagini.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

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