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Marc Skinner
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Another Tatoosh Winter

I have fallen in love with Mt. Rainier National Park! There is so much to see and do here all year long. I never considered myself much of a winter person until this year. The quiet of the snow, even with a hundred perfect strangers all around you, is calming and cacooning all once. I went winter camping here for the very first time based soley on this sunset. Unfortunately I had my eight year old son with me at the time who decided that right now was a time he absolutely had to go to the bathroom. So I missed the best light photographically.

I'll never forget though the rich gold color drenching the mountains with pinks and purples painting the skies. A cold fog was drifting up the valley and it was suffused with goldish-pink light.

While this photo doesn't visually convey that scene, it vividly reminds me of it. That and the solemn joy of a walk through 10 feet of snow!

#mountainmonday   #landscapephotography  +Michael Russell 
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Tatoosh Mountains at Sunset

This past weekend I took a solo trip to Mt. Rainier National Park for some winter camping. I had been snowshoeing there earlier this year and saw some fantastic sunsets, but wasn't in the right place to capture some good photos. Well, this weekend the weather cooperated and I went back - with camping gear so I could capture the sunset and not have to rush down the mountain before the gates closed.

This photo was taken on Mazama Ridge looking south towards the Tatoosh Mountains. It is one photo - I have a bunch of composites waiting to be done. Thanks to +Michael Russell for curating #mountainmonday !

#landscapephotography  
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Hidden Lake Overlook in Glacier National Park

I had to dig back through some of my summer stuff to rediscover some of my #mountainmonday photos. This particular shot was taken in the middle of the day, so the light isn't all that good. I had planned to hike down to Hidden Lake, but there had been some Grizzly Bear activity and the area after the overlook was closed. 

Thanks as always to +Michael Russell for curating Mountain Monday!
#mountainmonday   #landscapephotography  
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Mount Snowdon from Llynnau Mymbyr

A couple of years ago my family and I took a trip to England and Wales for Christmas. They humored me with a couple of trips through Snowdonia National Park, which is also home to the Mountain Leader Training program in Capel Curig.

This photo was taken just west of the school grounds from the shore of Llynnau Mymbyr looking west towards Mount Snowdon.

Thanks to +Michael Russell for curating #mountainmonday  !
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McKay Falls

This beautiful waterfall can be found in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park along the Big Sur coast in California. It drops directly into the Pacific Ocean during high tide. 

If you plan to go there, it is very easy to see from the highway, with great photographic views a short walk down improved pathways. Total walking time is less than five minutes. Beautiful and amazing at sunset!

#waterfallwednesday   #landscapephotography  +Gary Randall 
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Vordergraseck

I've been meaning to post again for quite some time, and have finally gotten around to organizing my Lightroom Catalog to take advantage of some of the trending hashtag groups (for lack of a better word or phrase). This particular photo goes way back to late 2010 when I was still living in Germany.

Vordergraseck is a beautiful little village tucked away in the Bavarian Alps. It is very near Austria, which is what you are looking at in the distance.
#mountainmonday   #landscapephotography  
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Mt. Rainier and Mirror Lake Reflection at Sunset
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I made the long hike from Longmire up to the Indian Henry's Hunting Ground on the western part of Mt. Rainier National Park this past weekend. I was lucky enough to snag a great camping spot about a mile along the path straight through this photo!

I waited here at Mirror Lake in the hopes that I'd have a good sunset. I wasn't disappointed. Wildfires burning in the east contributed to the general haze surrounding Mt. Rainier, that lit up prettily as the sun was setting.
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