Drought At Mount Rainier
Photograph - Outdoor Color Photo
Drought at Mount Rainier by Connie Fox
Fine art landscape, nature, and national park photograph
The active volcano Mount Rainier (elevation 14,410 feet) appears nearly hidden in the clouds above a tranquil meadow west of Mount Rainier National Park. Shot in late August 2012 on a day-trip on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railway, which departs from the tiny town of Elbe, Washington, U.S.A.
I am embarrassed to admit this, but I thought I was taking a picture of the meadow. Worse, I was disappointed that I never even got to see Mount Rainier on the entire train trip. But when I returned home and processed the pictures, I saw that the mountain was in my viewfinder after all. It just did not look as I expected, for I had never seen a picture of Mount Rainier from the west.
As Ron Warfield explains in his beautiful book, Mount Rainier National Park, on the western side the classic cone shape is truncated into three separate peaks: Liberty Cap, Columbia Crest, and Point Success. The broad Puyallup Glacier, he writes, occupies a cirque beneath Sunset Ampitheater, a huge bow-shaped scar left by the Round Pass and Electron debris flows.
If you study this image, you will find at least two of those three peaks, as well as the glacier. And perhaps you will be reminded, as I was, that just beyond a lovely meadow can be THE mountain (as it is known throughout the region) and some important life-lessons.
Copyright 2012 Connie Steitz Fox.
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October 12th, 2019
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