Snow Lake Reflection, Mount Rainier National Park

Snow Lake Reflection, Mount Rainier National Park

While 2011 has afforded me fewer occasions to photograph than previous years, it allows me time to catch up on work that I did in the past. My last real opportunity to make new photographs in 2010 came around this time of year, when I made a day trip down to Mount Rainier on a cool October morning with fellow photographer Mike Bohlander. I have shared a couple of photographs from that day previously, but came across this photo again and decided it warranted sharing.

We hiked up towards Bench Lake and Snow Lake, not far from the popular area known as Paradise on the south side of Rainier. After following the established trail we decided to follow a much more primitive trail around towards the back side of Snow Lake, suspecting that somewhere along the opposite shoreline we would have view back towards Mount Rainier. We eventually came to this spot, which worked nicely with its unobstructed views back to the mountain. Somewhere just across the lake there was a tent not far from the shoreline, which required some careful camera placement to avoid spoiling the shot. It's just visible if you know where to look, but not likely to be noticed otherwise.

After processing this photograph the about 10 days ago, I was motivated to make a return trip to the same area before the winter snow began to really fall for the season. I had a fairly productive day photographically, and I hope to begin sharing some of those photographs soon as well.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20@17mm | f/11 | 1/160s | ISO200 | Tripod

See more related images in my Mount Rainier National Park Gallery.

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