What started out to be a glorious day of snowshoeing at Mt Rainier National Park turned into a not so glorious way to spend the first day of 2012. We never in a million years would have expected to be in a place where an armed mad man was on the loose shooting at people in a National Park. The whole experience was intense, at times frightening, and totally surreal.
Here is a lovely night time view of a Christmas Tree Farm in Puyallup. It's actually on the Orting Highway (hwy 162) near the intersection of Military Road.
I love the folk art feel to this picture that I created using photo apps on my iPhone. The shot was taken with ProHDR and then filterstorm was used to refine and then CinemaFX was used to create the night-time look. The dark night filter in the last app mentioned helped to create the color. It was actually dusk when this was captured.
The view of M Rainier from Sunrise Visitor Center is spectacular. This shot was taken just up from the main parking area along the main hiking trail!
The wildflowers are still in full bloom due to the late snow thaw this year. The purple lupin is prominent. The mountain still has so much white on it and so few dark areas.
Mother nature gives us beauty in so many different forms as we can see here with two pictures taken at the same place with totally different results.
Both of these shots are landscape views of farmland in Western Washington taken at the same spot along this country road. One is cropped in closer which is the top view and that one shows Mt Rainier in all it's glory as a beautiful backdrop for this farmhouse. The sky is orange from the sunset and simply amazing. The bottom view represents a stormy day and at this moment, the clouds look spectacular with white swirls as patches of blue dance around them.