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Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:00 AM

Smoky Mountain

This is probably going to stand as my "photo of the summer"...unfortunately.

Putting it bluntly, this has been a rotten year for photography here in the Northwest. A warm, dry winter meant no chance for snow-covered landscapes. Worse, it was followed by an unusually-hot, dry summer. (For those of you ready to invoke global warming, it should be noted that the weather this summer, caused mainly by unstable upper-atmosphere patterns, was actually far hotter than could be explained by the measurable effects of climate change.) While, normally, mid-to-late August is prime wildflower season on Mount Rainier, this year, the bloom had hit peak well before July 4th. Brown has replaced green throughout the Puget Sound region, with "Stage II" water conservation measures in place even in legendarily-rainy Seattle.

The only thing we haven't had a shortage of here in Washington this summer have been over-90-degree days (breaking the all-time record, including a period of close to two weeks straight) and...wildfires.

On Sunday, I went up to the Tipsoo Lakes on Chinook Pass, a location I've photographed often before. (I'm sure you've all seen photos of mine posted here.) Normally, at this location, Mount Rainier looks close enough to touch. On Sunday, it was only a ghost on the horizon.





Note that the smoke blanketing the scene is coming from fires over two hundred miles away, almost half-way across the state.

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regnaD kciN Aug 2015 OP
fizzgig Aug 2015 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #2
regnaD kciN Aug 2015 #3
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #7
Tom Kitten Aug 2015 #4
CaliforniaPeggy Aug 2015 #8
passiveporcupine Aug 2015 #5
NV Whino Aug 2015 #6

Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:16 AM

1. lovely photo nonetheless

i feel for you guys.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:42 AM

2. What a beautiful and heartbreaking photo this is...

Tipsoo Lake is a wonderful place for photography, as you well know...

Long ago, when I was a child, I was there and I took this photo:



I really want to get back there again, and do it much better.


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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 02:55 AM

3. Your photo is of Lower Tipsoo...

...the one in the OP is from Upper Tipsoo, which was just across the highway from where you were standing when you took that one.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 11:32 AM

7. Thanks for telling me this!

If I ever get back there, I'll know where to head.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 04:57 AM

4. Poor Peggy!

When you were young you didn't aim your camera at the same place backwards Nick Danger shows us in the OP!

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Response to Tom Kitten (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 11:32 AM

8. What can I say? I was young and foolish!



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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 05:04 AM

5. In spite of all that, this is a beautiful photo.



It's cooling off here now. I hope it is for you too. I don't look forward to another hot summer like this one.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 10:11 AM

6. Welcome to California

Smoke makes for a spectacular photo, though.

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