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Rainier, Near and Far

Mt Rainier, originally named Mt. Tahoma meaning 'mother of waters', is a dormant volcano in a chain of volcanos that run from Alaska down through California. Visible above southern Puget Sound in Washington State, many days of the year the mountain is hidden by cloud or fog - but when it can be seen, it's presence shines like a beacon across the region. Rising from near sea level to over 14,000 feet it is truly an inspiring sight on a clear day.

Like all places on earth, it has been affected by climate change and the 26 glaciers on the mountain are shrinking, and each year in fall it seems there is less and less snow to be seen on the slopes. Still it remains beautiful, and always a reminder of power and danger should the volcano decide to blow and flood the region with mud flows.

In the meantime, for a few weeks each summer, stunning wildflower meadows on the mountain attract thousands of visitors from around the world.
83 trees, mountain and the port of tacoma
83 trees, mountain and the port of tacoma
82 rainier watching over the port of tacoma
82 rainier watching over the port of tacoma
81 from normandy park
81 from normandy park
80 puyallup winter afternoon 2
80 puyallup winter afternoon 2
79 from enumclaw
79 from enumclaw
78 full moon, mountain from franklin park
78 full moon, mountain from franklin park
77 myrtle falls
77 myrtle falls
76 mineral lake
76 mineral lake
75 fall meadows
75 fall meadows
74 above myrtle falls
74 above myrtle falls
73 fall mountain path
73 fall mountain path
72 october south side
72 october south side
70 tipsoo fall 2
70 tipsoo fall 2
68 dawn at reflection lake
68 dawn at reflection lake
67 flower mountain
67 flower mountain
66 fall at nisqually glacier
66 fall at nisqually glacier
65 white river valley
65 white river valley
64 reflection lake afternoon 2
64 reflection lake afternoon 2
63 wildflower slopes
63 wildflower slopes
62 serene reflection
62 serene reflection
61 myrtle falls
61 myrtle falls
60 misty reflection lake 2
60 misty reflection lake 2
59 tipsoo flowers mountain
59 tipsoo flowers mountain
58 october color
58 october color
57 reflection lake 2011-2
57 reflection lake 2011-2
56 paradise valley spring
56 paradise valley spring
54 white river valley
54 white river valley
52 fall at paradise river 2
52 fall at paradise river 2
51 wildflowers by paradise
51 wildflowers by paradise
50 lupines lake mountain
50 lupines lake mountain
49 lupines on the mountain
49 lupines on the mountain
48 first light
48 first light
46 mountain fog
46 mountain fog
45 after dawn
45 after dawn
44 misty reflection lake
44 misty reflection lake
43 snow lilies
43 snow lilies
42 mist on the mountain lake
42 mist on the mountain lake
41 morning at reflection lake
41 morning at reflection lake
40 rainier from tipsoo
40 rainier from tipsoo
39 wildflowers from sunrise
39 wildflowers from sunrise
38 reflection lake with snow
38 reflection lake with snow
35 meadows at tipsoo
35 meadows at tipsoo
34 mountain reflection flowers
34 mountain reflection flowers
32 the shy mountain
32 the shy mountain
31 tahoma
31 tahoma
29 lupine meadow
29 lupine meadow
28 indian paintbrush
28 indian paintbrush
27 white river valley
27 white river valley
26 a fish jumped on water mountain
26 a fish jumped on water mountain
25 cloud mountain
25 cloud mountain
24 august at paradise
24 august at paradise
23 across paradise valley
23 across paradise valley
22 seattle space needle and rainier
22 seattle space needle and rainier
21 tipsoo lake
21 tipsoo lake
20 mt rainier september
20 mt rainier september
19 mists at tipsoo
19 mists at tipsoo
16 fireweed at reflection lake
16 fireweed at reflection lake
15 wildflowers near paradise
15 wildflowers near paradise
14 from tipsoo
14 from tipsoo
12 vashon ferry rainier
12 vashon ferry rainier
11 sailing at gig harbor
11 sailing at gig harbor
10 over owen beach
10 over owen beach
9 narrows bridge
9 narrows bridge
8 above franklin park
8 above franklin park
7 evening at gig harbor
7 evening at gig harbor
6 above university place
6 above university place
5 gig harbor sunset
5 gig harbor sunset
3 red sunset
3 red sunset
2 sunset from olympics
2 sunset from olympics
1 last light east side
1 last light east side