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.

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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.

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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.

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This little girl is the cutest co-pilot ever. She is pointing up to the sky as she discusses strategies with her pilots.

This photo was taken at the Olympic Air Show in Olympia Washington on Father's Day 2011. The crew is wearing their bomber jackets and parachutes. This picture leaves one wondering what the story is here as this group is immersed in conversation and the spectators mill around.

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