Highs and Lows

As noted previously, I don’t expect to be able to actually convey Mt Rainier to my readers, but I would be remiss if I didn’t try to capture some sense of the scale of the mountain, a sense that is immediately transmitted to anyone who starts out to hike by their legs.

The trail behind the lodge begins here, and it doesn’t take long before you realize just how high this mountain really is even at here below tree line. The trail is not for the faint-of-heart, as this beginning stretch clearly announces.

Trail from Paradise

Once you reach the first ridge line, all it takes is a quick glance up to realize that you’ve really just begun to climb,

Looking up at Rocks Above

and a quick glimpse across the valley shows just how formidable this mountain really is,

Ridgeline

dwarfing those who hike it,

Hiker in Valley Below

like this unknown hiker in the valley below as seen through my telephoto lens.

3 thoughts on “Highs and Lows

  1. These beautiful photos have me thinking about John Muir and his words to the effect that he went to the mountains to get their glad tidings!!

    This is the beginning of my favorite time of year, the best time of year to be up in the mountains and out at the ocean. Something about the angle of the sunlight and the relative dryness and something else. What is it? I don’t know, but it is something I experience every year at this time.

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