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regnaD kciN

(26,186 posts)
Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:00 AM Aug 2015

Smoky Mountain

This is probably going to stand as my "photo of the summer"...unfortunately.

Putting it bluntly, this has been a rotten year for photography here in the Northwest. A warm, dry winter meant no chance for snow-covered landscapes. Worse, it was followed by an unusually-hot, dry summer. (For those of you ready to invoke global warming, it should be noted that the weather this summer, caused mainly by unstable upper-atmosphere patterns, was actually far hotter than could be explained by the measurable effects of climate change.) While, normally, mid-to-late August is prime wildflower season on Mount Rainier, this year, the bloom had hit peak well before July 4th. Brown has replaced green throughout the Puget Sound region, with "Stage II" water conservation measures in place even in legendarily-rainy Seattle.

The only thing we haven't had a shortage of here in Washington this summer have been over-90-degree days (breaking the all-time record, including a period of close to two weeks straight) and...wildfires.

On Sunday, I went up to the Tipsoo Lakes on Chinook Pass, a location I've photographed often before. (I'm sure you've all seen photos of mine posted here.) Normally, at this location, Mount Rainier looks close enough to touch. On Sunday, it was only a ghost on the horizon.





Note that the smoke blanketing the scene is coming from fires over two hundred miles away, almost half-way across the state.

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Smoky Mountain (Original Post) regnaD kciN Aug 2015 OP
lovely photo nonetheless fizzgig Aug 2015 #1
What a beautiful and heartbreaking photo this is... CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #2
Your photo is of Lower Tipsoo... regnaD kciN Aug 2015 #3
Thanks for telling me this! CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #7
Poor Peggy! Tom Kitten Aug 2015 #4
What can I say? I was young and foolish! CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #8
In spite of all that, this is a beautiful photo. passiveporcupine Aug 2015 #5
Welcome to California NV Whino Aug 2015 #6

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,634 posts)
2. What a beautiful and heartbreaking photo this is...
Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:42 AM
Aug 2015

Tipsoo Lake is a wonderful place for photography, as you well know...

Long ago, when I was a child, I was there and I took this photo:



I really want to get back there again, and do it much better.


regnaD kciN

(26,186 posts)
3. Your photo is of Lower Tipsoo...
Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:55 AM
Aug 2015

...the one in the OP is from Upper Tipsoo, which was just across the highway from where you were standing when you took that one.

Tom Kitten

(7,367 posts)
4. Poor Peggy!
Thu Aug 27, 2015, 04:57 AM
Aug 2015

When you were young you didn't aim your camera at the same place backwards Nick Danger shows us in the OP!

passiveporcupine

(8,175 posts)
5. In spite of all that, this is a beautiful photo.
Thu Aug 27, 2015, 05:04 AM
Aug 2015


It's cooling off here now. I hope it is for you too. I don't look forward to another hot summer like this one.

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