Mount Rainier Wildflowers

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I’m photographing at Mount Rainier for a few days this week … I booked this mini-trip about a month ago with the hopes of seeing some wildflowers, and I’m in luck! They’re all over the place and so beautiful. :) I’ve been to Mt Rainier once before, back in 2009 with a workshop led by Scott Bourne, Rick Sammon and Juan Pons, but this time around I’m a little more proficient at photographing landscapes so hopefully I’ll come back with some keepers.

The weather was so cloudy today that I couldn’t even see the mountain, so I’m crossing my fingers that sunrise tomorrow is a little bit better. Tomorrow’s gonna be an early morning … followed by a long day of writing … followed by an evening of photographing more wildflowers. Who needs sleep anyways, right? :)

Camera Setup Info: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon TS-E 24mm lens, RRS ball-head, Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver.

By | 2015-08-19T15:20:56+00:00 August 29th, 2012|70 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

70 Comments

  1. Daniel Treadwell August 29, 2012 at 5:01 am - Reply

    It looks like a beautiful location, hopefully you get the shots you are after and the weather behaves itself.

  2. Daniel Treadwell August 29, 2012 at 5:01 am - Reply

    It looks like a beautiful location, hopefully you get the shots you are after and the weather behaves itself.

  3. Mike Grimmett August 29, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    That a geotagger on top?

  4. Mike Grimmett August 29, 2012 at 5:03 am - Reply

    That a geotagger on top?

  5. Jeff Leinen August 29, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Enjoy. I spent time photographing there in late July.  My favorite wildflower is the Avalanche Lilly.  My favorite photo taken was of my three children standing on the exact spot where my wife and I were married 23 years ago. 

  6. Jeff Leinen August 29, 2012 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Enjoy. I spent time photographing there in late July.  My favorite wildflower is the Avalanche Lilly.  My favorite photo taken was of my three children standing on the exact spot where my wife and I were married 23 years ago.

  7. Brian Bonham August 29, 2012 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Cool!  I hope you're enjoying your time away.  I look forward to seeing the other shots.

  8. Brian Bonham August 29, 2012 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Cool!  I hope you're enjoying your time away.  I look forward to seeing the other shots.

  9. Chais Meyer August 29, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    It's like inception…a photo inside of a photo… ;)
    And Very Pretty!

  10. Chais Meyer August 29, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply

    It's like inception…a photo inside of a photo… ;)
    And Very Pretty!

  11. Alina Munteanu August 29, 2012 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Very inspiring, look forward for some other shots:)

  12. Alina Munteanu August 29, 2012 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Very inspiring, look forward for some other shots:)

  13. Brian Matiash August 29, 2012 at 5:34 am - Reply

    So jealous!

  14. Brian Matiash August 29, 2012 at 5:34 am - Reply

    So jealous!

  15. V ESWARA MOORTHY August 29, 2012 at 5:44 am - Reply

    BEAUTY

  16. V ESWARA MOORTHY August 29, 2012 at 5:44 am - Reply

    BEAUTY

  17. Chris Weber August 29, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    So glad to hear it, I'm headed there this weekend :-)  Which corner of the mountain are you in?

  18. Chris Weber August 29, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    So glad to hear it, I'm headed there this weekend :-)  Which corner of the mountain are you in?

  19. 龙福星 August 29, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    能身临其境更好哇

  20. 龙福星 August 29, 2012 at 5:49 am - Reply

    能身临其境更好哇

  21. Tim Gupta August 29, 2012 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I'm up visiting Seattle this week and was debating heading back to California via a [small] detour through Mt. Rainier National Park (or possibly Olympic National Park). Scout it out for me +Nicole S. Young! :) 

  22. Tim Gupta August 29, 2012 at 5:51 am - Reply

    I'm up visiting Seattle this week and was debating heading back to California via a [small] detour through Mt. Rainier National Park (or possibly Olympic National Park). Scout it out for me +Nicole S. Young! :)

  23. Ryan Serrano August 29, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    hi im ryan i hope i will work in your company soon i love taking pictures , and editing too

  24. Ryan Serrano August 29, 2012 at 6:06 am - Reply

    hi im ryan i hope i will work in your company soon i love taking pictures , and editing too

  25. Keo Mut August 29, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    nice

  26. Keo Mut August 29, 2012 at 8:03 am - Reply

    nice

  27. marina coach August 29, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    One camera..one world ……likkkkkkeeeee

  28. marina coach August 29, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    One camera..one world ……likkkkkkeeeee

  29. V ESWARA MOORTHY August 29, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

    yes

  30. V ESWARA MOORTHY August 29, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

    yes

  31. cami Kyle August 29, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

    WOW REMINDS ME OF THE HUNGER GAMES LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES :)

  32. cami Kyle August 29, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

    WOW REMINDS ME OF THE HUNGER GAMES LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES :)

  33. Susan Menis August 29, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I love how you do this with your camera, BTS. The flowers look nice in both shots.

  34. Susan Menis August 29, 2012 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I love how you do this with your camera, BTS. The flowers look nice in both shots.

  35. shekinah jaymani August 29, 2012 at 10:04 am - Reply

    so beautiful

  36. shekinah jaymani August 29, 2012 at 10:04 am - Reply

    so beautiful

  37. Mohini Singh August 29, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    nice photography

  38. Mohini Singh August 29, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    nice photography

  39. muchangi nyaga August 29, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    how many miles can the camera reord a data clearly???

  40. muchangi nyaga August 29, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    how many miles can the camera reord a data clearly???

  41. Jane Gooding August 29, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    OOOh nice one!

  42. Jane Gooding August 29, 2012 at 11:00 am - Reply

    OOOh nice one!

  43. muchangi nyaga August 29, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

    i like the camera and i would like to know

  44. muchangi nyaga August 29, 2012 at 11:06 am - Reply

    i like the camera and i would like to know

  45. nour el houda jojo August 29, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    wonderful

  46. nour el houda jojo August 29, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    wonderful

  47. puja gupta August 29, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    i like and wana to more

  48. puja gupta August 29, 2012 at 11:22 am - Reply

    i like and wana to more

  49. Chrysta Rae August 29, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Gorgeous!!

  50. Chrysta Rae August 29, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Gorgeous!!

  51. Staes Norris August 29, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Camera in hand, I went on a trip through Washington for the first time this year  But the Feds got me, they wouldn't let my Corgi on any park trails. Hope to go back if I can find a trustworthy babysitter.

  52. Staes Norris August 29, 2012 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Camera in hand, I went on a trip through Washington for the first time this year  But the Feds got me, they wouldn't let my Corgi on any park trails. Hope to go back if I can find a trustworthy babysitter.

  53. MADHU SUDHANREDDY August 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful place

  54. MADHU SUDHANREDDY August 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful place

  55. Greg Gussler August 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Blossoming splendor!

  56. Greg Gussler August 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Blossoming splendor!

  57. Trilok Singh August 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    nice place wow

  58. Trilok Singh August 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    nice place wow

  59. David Greenberg August 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I'm so glad Rainier got a wildflower season this year! The snow took longer than usual to melt, posing the risk that some flowers would miss their season altogether.

    My wife and I visit the park during our annual trip to Seattle and, had it not rained, I was actually going to propose on a wildflower meadow. Instead, once back in NY, I made some large photos from some of our previous visit and took her back through memory lane using them before I proposed (this is a few years back now). One of the images is now her desktop wallpaper.

  60. David Greenberg August 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I'm so glad Rainier got a wildflower season this year! The snow took longer than usual to melt, posing the risk that some flowers would miss their season altogether.

    My wife and I visit the park during our annual trip to Seattle and, had it not rained, I was actually going to propose on a wildflower meadow. Instead, once back in NY, I made some large photos from some of our previous visit and took her back through memory lane using them before I proposed (this is a few years back now). One of the images is now her desktop wallpaper.

  61. Jane Gooding August 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    The volcanodidn't go kaboom then?

  62. Jane Gooding August 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    The volcanodidn't go kaboom then?

  63. Boris Manic August 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    VERY GOOD SHOT!

  64. Boris Manic August 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    VERY GOOD SHOT!

  65. Ramon B. Nuez Jr. August 30, 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great opportunity.

    Your trips reminds me that I need to step outside of NYC every so often to capture some great landscape shots.

  66. Anice Barki September 3, 2012 at 12:51 am - Reply

    I Like It =)

  67. Anice Barki September 3, 2012 at 12:51 am - Reply

    I Like It =)

  68. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert September 7, 2012 at 5:18 am - Reply

    This is my first visit to your site – love your tips and instructional examples. My husband is in Las Vegas at Photoshop World and attended your presentation. He said I should take a look! So happy I did. I really need a trip like this one – we all get stuck in a rut and a beautiful landscape will cure anything! I’ll be back :)

  69. Laren lolo September 18, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I love the nature so much

  70. Laren lolo September 18, 2012 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I love the nature so much

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