A view from Nisqually Vista

A view from Nisqually Vista

Great view of Mt. Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier from the Vista just a short walk from the Paradise Area Visitor Center.  I liked how the image seems to have three parts that make up this view:  the mountain top with bright snow and blue sky, a closer and lower ledge of the mountain covered in shaded snow, then the falls and streams leading down to the glacier framed by the pine trees.

July 8, 2016          Mt. Rainier National Park          Nikon D90

Early morning fog rising (2)

Early morning fog rising (2)

As the sun rose and began to touch the lower regions and valleys, it gave a soft backglow to a bank of trees.  The soft morning fog of the Smokies forming added a mystical mood to the scene unfolding.  It was yet another reminder to me of the ever changing grandeur of our natural world and that this scene will be different seconds from now.  But I couldn’t help but focus on a particular tree.

April 23, 2015.  Foothills Parkway, Smokie Mountains, TN     Nikon D90


Stream in the green

Stream in the green

This cascading stream through the woods of the Smokies was one of my favorite spots.  So quiet like the other areas we stopped at, I could stayed for hours enjoying the solitude and finding small treasures to photograph.

April 23, 2015.  Tremont Road, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90


Bands of Smokies

Bands of Smokies

Shortly after sunrise with the soft lighting touching the tops of the ridges, the distance between the Smokies created these bands of color that soften with each mountain top as we see farther and farther.

April 23, 2015.  Foothills Parkway, Smokie Mountains, TN     Nikon D90