Reflection Lake Wildflowers 1

Reflection Lake Wildflowers 1

Pictures don’t get any fresher than this! I woke up at 2:30am today and drove down to Mount Rainier National Park to photograph the wildflowers around Reflection Lake at sunrise. I have always wanted to photograph the mountain and reflection in the lake with rosy spireas in bloom, and today I finally timed it right.  I was surprised by how many photographers were there for a Friday. I have gotten spoiled in Alaska not having to shoot around other people. A slight breeze or surfacing fish occasionally disturbed the reflection, so this is as close to perfect as it got.  I am happy with what I created.

For those of you aspiring to photograph wildflowers at Mount Rainier this summer, I did a quick drive up to Paradise before driving back to Seattle, and can confirm that the wildflowers probably need 1-2 more weeks to peak. There are tons of paintbrush and other wildflowers along the side of the road, but the big fields of lupine are only just starting to bloom. I hope to get back down there late next week before I return to Alaska on August 23rd.

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3 thoughts on “Reflection Lake Wildflowers 1

  1. Hey Jon! I saw your tweet this morning about you going out to get this shot, with the accompanying mobile shot. This is stunning, though! Wow!

  2. Thanks, Larry! Not bad for my “backyard”. I don’t get out enough when I am home, so it was nice to at least get down to Ranier again for 1 sunrise.

  3. Really beautiful image, certainly worth the 2:30am wake up call.

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