SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 064

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

The photos are from THIS SmugMug Gallery and are documented in THIS post. That post is part of a series documenting our 2004 trip to Washington (the state). That trip was the first trip out West, and it had a purpose … we were looking to move from Michigan, and Washington was a consideration.

As many might know, we eventually ended up in Colorado.

The gallery documents our day trip to Mount Rainier in between looking for potential places where to live (it was almost the farthest we could get away from the auto industry while still in the continental US).

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 or maybe even change into snow . . .

OK, that’s the same photo treated to various post-processing, but you have to admit it looks more interesting.

The rain ensured we saw a fair number of waterfalls . . . by the way, the above shot was also used in my post about PlotaVerse, where I animated it backward and forward …

Anyway, lots of wet landscapes. . . which give photos a particular look. A look that I like.

Aside from the photos made to look like it snowed, the gallery also has a number of monochrome renderings paired with the color versions of the photos.

When we got near the top, we got actual snow . . .

At the very top, people seemed happy to see the snow dusting . . .

I think that’s where we saw our first Stellar Jay . . .

. . . a wet Stellar Jay.

At one point, I had a chance to get to Paradise . . . but opted for Longmire.

And all along the way, waterfalls . . .

Large waterfalls like the above, and smaller ones along the side of the road . . .

Anyway, a nice road trip we enjoyed and would do again.

Here’s the slideshow

Note: the transition is set to 2sec. If it’s too fast, move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow.

I highly suggest watching the slideshow in full-screen mode, but that’s just me.

You’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug if you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the Mount Rainier – WA Gallery — (69 photos)

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