Mount Rainier, WA – 2004

Reading of the tragedy out in Washington, I sadly remember some of the places we visited when looking at houses around Bellingham.

There were many places where I made the comment to the Realtor that the way the houses were being built it looked like a good rain would have them slide down into each other. In some places the bottom floor was higher than the roof of the house below it. That would not be bad on it’s own, but they were also close, and even when we were there, there were rivulets running down the sides of the hills. Some places were obviously built on rock, but not all, and I wondered . . .

I don’t remember if we looked in the area of the mudslide . . . we looked all over the place, as we were there for two weeks for the specific purpose to see if we would like living in the area, so it could have been in that same area.

Anyway . . .

Another place we visited was Mount Rainier. The mountain is also a National Park.

Rainier is pronounced “ray-near” as opposed to “rain-ier”. To me the distinction seems both silly and unnecessary. They should have called it  Mount Pluvial to dispense with the confusion. And pluvial it was . . .

Our visit there coincided with the start of the second week in the area . . . the week it rained every single day. Constant, unending rain.

As we ascended, I hoped it would abate somewhat even as I liked the fact it added contrast to the landscape.



In playing around with onOne, I accidentally got this next look . . .


That’s the same photo, only now it looks as if it had snowed.

. . . but it had not . . . just rain.


With a name like Rainier, one expects waterfalls, and one is not disappointed. Here are two different shots processed slightly differently.

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Eh, they look pretty close. I can tell a difference when switching one from the other, but here they are near-indistinguishable from each other.

Much like these next two shots . . .

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These are variation on the “make it look like snow” process. This is what the original looks like:


Yeah, not as interesting as water falling . . . here’s a few more of that particular waterfall.

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Do you recognize this next one?


This was showcased in one of the Untitled posts, cycling from color to B&W and back. People probably did not even notice the animation. I won’t repeat it here, but I will give a few more shots of the waterfall.

Semi-fast water

Semi-fast water

Semi-slow water

Semi-slow water

A different angle

A different angle

A close-up

A close-up

Less of a close-up

Less of a close-up

And yet another angle

And yet another angle

Much like for Mount Baker, the overcast sky both helped and hindered the photo-taking, and all the rain makes everything lush.

These next photos were all at one area, but they were by no means unique.


One of my favorites from the drive

One of my favorites from the drive

An interesting bridge and tunnel

An interesting bridge and tunnel

Here's a different view

Here’s a different view

It Pretty much screamed for some different processing

It pretty much screamed for some different processing

Past the bridge you get a view of the deep chasm and river running through the bottom of it. Also of the waterfall dropping from the cliff.

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And, you get another view of the bridge that screams for a B&W treatment.

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As we neared the top of the road, we began to see snow. It looks like it’s at our same elevation, but these scenes were a few hundred feet of elevation above where we were driving. And yes, snow always wants to be shown in B&W.

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. . . and so, here it is in B&W.

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The low-hanging clouds gave the scenery a surreal look.

The road went up and down a bit, even as if it was climbing.

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The scenery offered up decent little sideshows.


But try as I might, I could not make that look good in black and white.



However, the views from the pass were suitable for treatment.

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I usually try  to avoid adding people in my shots, but I could not get the surrounding views without including some people.

She seemed really happy to be up here

She seemed really happy to be up here

As we drove through the pass, we got one clear view of a glacier.

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And one more view suitable for B&W.


As usual, one can go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE, but you can also click on the photos for larger views.

As we started heading back down, we saw more . . . that’s right, waterfalls. Here are two different treatments of one.

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And here’s another one . . .

As shot

As shot

Notice the people up on the bridge . . . holding umbrellas. Well, so was I, along with a tripod, camera, and a couple of lenses. The rocks were rather slick, and I wondered if I was going to experience the equivalent of a water slide ride. Luckily, no such thing happened, and I did get my shots from below.

This next shot is the same as the one above, but with me playing around in Lightroom.


The next one is something called “anime” in onOne Suite.


I went down a bit more to get a different angle . . .


And then, since I had forgotten to do so, I snapped a few on my way back up.


I had to play with this one as well . . .


I think it’s an improvement, but who knows . . . some might not agree.

These next four shots were also showcased in the untitled posts (I won’t link them here).

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I had a great opportunity, but opted to turn left.


This next one is a neat setting for a fall. The man on the bridge gives it a sense of scale.


I especially liked the little falls on the side . . .


Here is another view of it, and another closeup.

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This next one was more of a run-off than an actual fall, but it looks good with the anime treatment.


As we neared the exit of the park, it occurred to me I should try to capture the impressive trees lining the road.


This next shot looks better treated with anime as well.


And before we knew it, we were at the exit. Since I had not snapped a photo of the entrance, I took one of the exit.


Even though some are a bit grainy, I would suggest looking at these in the SmugMug album, but those not wanting to bother, at least click on the photos you like to get a bigger view.

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18 Responses to Mount Rainier, WA – 2004

  1. mvschulze says:

    Did you get a chance to see the mountain?


    • disperser says:

      Funny you should ask . . . while we were on it, we saw pieces of it, but the top was shrouded in clouds.

      That was the case for nearly the whole two weeks we were there. The only shot I got of the whole mountain was from the parking lot of the Boeing Air Museum near Seattle. And even then, it was but a faint outline.


  2. TidiousTed says:

    Marvelous series of pictures, the era reminds me of the landscape where my grandfather’s cottage was. Brought back nice childhood memories. Thanks :-)


  3. seekraz says:

    Lots of beautiful stuff in there…love those bridge shots. I preferred the color images this time around…all that wonderful green made a good contrast and background for the rock-work. Enjoyable post, Emilio.


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Scott.

      Few ‘busy’ photos lend themselves to B&W treatments. I’m sure it can be done well, but it’s not in my toolbox.


      • seekraz says:

        Most welcome….and yes, the busy-ness of images certainly can detract from a good black and white treatment…seems that it’s too easy to lose the subject in the fray.


  4. sandra getgood says:

    I do like waterfalls. And I like that bird… maybe a Stellar’s Jay? He certainly has an attitude about posing for you! “Get this side. This is my best side.”
    I don’t like mud slides, and have never understood why people build houses in such dangerous places as the sides of volcanoes, on the banks of rivers that flood regularly, and sites of mud slides, just because of a pretty view The scenery is, I admit, stunning And your pictures are,too, although I still like color, even if it’s not quite as dramatic.


    • disperser says:

      It is a Stellar Jay (I think I had a few Untitled Posts with it and other Stellar Jay shots).

      That was one of the things that made me uncomfortable when we looked at houses out there. Mind you, the actual slide was due to a nearby hill giving way and plowing through a community, but still, that’s stuff I think about.

      When we moved here to Colorado and were looking at houses, I checked out flood zones and fires. Even if there was a record of “no floods since the last century”, it meant it flooded once, and to me it’s obvious it can do so again (witness last year’s disaster).

      And, because of the fires, we did not want to buy a house ‘in the woods’, even though I would have loved to do so (more birds, animals, flowers, etc.)

      Near where we live a developer has put up houses in what looked to me like a natural drainage area (cattails, reeds, standing water, etc.). They brought in dirt, cleared stuff out . . . I’m thinking at some point that will prove to have been a bad decision.


  5. oneowner says:

    Very nice series of shots. I’d love to visit someday. It appears you can’t take a bad photo in the park.
    When I’m working on photos I tend to make a series of subtle changes that may (or not) be significant in bringing out or reducing detail. It’s a process I enjoy. There are so many possibilities as you’ve demonstrated sometimes it’s difficult to pick a favorite.


    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . I think.

      As I mentioned in the Mount Baker post, these were shot with an early DSLR (D100), and the low-light capabilities were less than stellar.

      What allows these photos to see the light of day (pun intended) is a combination of having been shot in Raw, and modern processing tools.

      And yes, all these parks (Olympic, Mount Baker, Mount St. Helen, and Mount Rainier) are well worth a visit.


  6. colonialist says:

    Fabulous place for photography and you didn’t wast the opportunities.
    I used to avoid humans in my pictures, but have since realised that unless there are other clues, such as plants/trees of normally familiar height, scale can be lost utterly without them as a reference.


  7. AnnMarie says:

    How very appropriate that you included that jay in this post since it can very well be titled “STELLAR” with all those magnificent photos! I just got back from SmugMug and I’m pretty sure I clicked ‘like’ for nearly every photo. As much as I favored the color shots, especially the two with the lush green moss and the ones with the stone bridges, many of your B&W are simply splendid! And, last but not least, I particularly like the photos that are ‘treated’, especially the last ‘anime’ of the fall amid those awesome rocks!


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