Rainier Paradise PM 2010


An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. We are a bit late to see the bright red colors at Paradise.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Paradise Inn.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Nice contrasting colors and textures on display along this walk.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Quite a few cars gathered in the parking area at the Visitor Center at Paradise.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran pauses at this grand view of the upper parts of Paradise Valley. Sluiskin Falls is seen at the upper right, Edith Creek is on the left, and Myrtle Falls is beyond the overlook flat spot to the right of Fran's knees.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Budding paintbrush was the brightest flower this late in the season.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran, on the east side trail around Alta Vista.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. This stretch of the trail above Myrtle Falls has many steps before reaching the zig-zag portion seen in other views.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran, on the east side trail around Alta Vista.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. This is the Western Anemone, Old Man of the Mountain, or Pasqueflower Seedhead. The foliage in the background is Mountain Heather.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Edith Creek flows under this bridge and becomes Myrtle Falls.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. It makes many hikers shudder to imagine the effort needed to reach that summit!An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran waits for me to record the moment... the mountain wasn't out much of the time.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Edith Creek is the water source for Paradise, and the small dam is the intake point.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. On the trail below Alta Vista, on the east side, looking up. An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Edith Creek in the lower right can be seen coming from the upper left, just west of the switchback trail in the center.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. This is the trail junction just north of Alta Vista, where we walked on the east side to aviod climbing Alta Vista.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran stands at the landing just north of Alta Vista, overlooking the Paradise Park valley.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Mountain Heather at seed stage.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Edith creek flows past the bridge to form Myrtle Falls.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Edith Creek is the local water source for Paradise.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. The zig-zag trail east of Edith Creek leads to Panorama Point to the west or to Sluiskin Falls to the east along the ridge.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Alpine Aster.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran pauses while I shoot pictures of the stone steps.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Top of the steps, looking SE towards Paradise Inn.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Looking east from the landing just north of Alta Viata..An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Continuing the climb beyond Alta Vista.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran is only a short distance from Panorama Point, but we were ready to return downhill!An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Mount Rainier was not totally clear today, only moments when the clouds parted a little.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. There were many hikers out on this rather clear day, at least it wasn't raining!An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Alta Vista is that nearest hill on the right. An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. We saw numerous waterfalls on the west sifde of the canyon below Nisqually Glacier.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran used the bino's a lot up here.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Paintbrush and Lupine on the ridge were very attractive.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Lupine & Paintbrush.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. These leaves were the brightest ones around.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. A large waterfall on the west canyon wall below Nisqually Glacier.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran rests beside the False Hellebore.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran checks the mountain, False Hellebore peeking above the rock. A waterfall on the west side of the canyon below NIsqually Glacier is seen across the way.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Paintbrush & Lupine are still seen, but many flowers were "expired" ths late in the season.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Paintbrush, Magenta or Scarlet?An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Partridge Foot perhaps?An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. A telephoto view of Mt St Helens, seen from the Paradise area on Mt Rainier.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Looking south west, Mount St Helens pokes into the clouds in the center distance.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. The mountain had some clouds in the view most all day. Nisqually Glacier is getting quite small, in the lower part of the canyon.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran climbs another rock on Mt Rainier.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. This was a popular place on a day without rain. An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Ron pauses to get recorded by Fran.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. A view of one of many marmots we saw on this walk.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran climbs most anything for the improved views.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. A marmot seen through the 720mm (35mm equivalent) focal length of my HS10 camera. The animal was probably 20 feet away.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran heads down the trail going to the visitor center at Paradise.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. A butterfly paused on the aster, but the wind made everything wiggle, saved by fast shutter in good light.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. That is a big fly! I like the macro abilities of my Fuji HS10 "bridge" camera.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Lovely creeks were frequent sights on this walk.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Monkey flowers were common along streams.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. A doe ignored hikers and continued grazing.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. This young buck looked sore about being disturbed by hikers passing by.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Alpine Aster were alongside the creeks.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Fran was impressed with the tortured history that formed such a crooked tree trunk.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Rosy Spirea.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Views inside the new visitor center at Paradise.An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. Views inside the new visitor center at Paradise. An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. The local ranger station ....that dog must have been very ashamed of his costume!An afternoon walk at Paradise, Mt Rainier NP, WA 09/22/2010. The Inn at Paradise.

These images were taken with my Fuji  HS10 "bridge camera".


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