I have just returned from my second journey to Mt. Rainier National Park. Luckily this time the weather held and I enjoyed nice days for the vast majority of my trip. I even managed to get up to Sunrise this time out.
This second trip at the end of September 2009, I returned to this spot where the road inside Stevens Canyon crosses Stevens Creek. Apparently there is no official name for this waterfall though I see it called Picture Frame Falls, or Stevens Fork Falls. No waterfall this time – apparently it is a spring melt phenomenon – which might explain the lack of official name. This is how it looked in early July 2009:
Martha Falls in Stevens Canyon – Mt. Rainier National Park. Unfortunately on my first trip to Mt. Ranier the Stevens Canyon road was closed just beyond this viewpoint. I’ll be back there in a few days so I am looking forward to exploring the park beyond this point.
A few shots of wildflowers on the Mazama Ridge from Paradise Valley.
Indian/Magenta Paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola)
False/Indian Hellebore (Veratrum viride)
Avalanche Lily (Erythronium montanum)
Glacier Lily (Erythronium grandiflorum)
Panorama of Paradise Valley in Mt. Rainier National Park.
14 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm.
I previously posted a “panorama” shot from the trail next to Narada Falls. These are a few more of the falls and the surrounding area.
Peaks in the Tatoosh Range
Cloudier view of the Nisqually River Bridge near the source of the Nisqually River just below the glacier.
Christine Falls just a few kilometers into the park from Longmire.
Small falls in Van Trump Creek just upstream of Christine Falls.