Six Views of Mount Rainier

July 17, 2013

View of Mount Rainier from the terrace of the Summit House Restaurant at Crystal Mountain Resort

View of Mount Rainier from the terrace of the Summit House Restaurant at Crystal Mountain Resort

This post calls to mind Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, his series of woodblock prints.  Mount Rainier has a similar pull on artists.  For example, Tacoma woodblock artist, Chandler O’Leary, created her own limited edition fine art book with views of Mount Rainier — it’s called Local Conditions.

On a recent clear summer day, I took my niece on a drive to Mount Rainier.  The air was calm and clear, so our views of Mount Rainier were spectacular.  We enjoyed the golden glow of the peak at sunrise at Sunrise, distant views from the road, reflected views in Tipsoo Lake, and a high view from the Summit House Restaurant at Crystal Mountain Resort (accessible by gondola ride).  I had also just seen a high altitude view from my airplane window when I was returning from Minnesota.  Let me share these views of Mount Rainier here:

Floating in the clouds, Mount Rainier from an airplane window

Floating in the clouds, Mount Rainier from an airplane window

Gold-tinted mountain at sunrise from Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park

Gold-tinted mountain at sunrise from Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier with alpine flowers, Sunrise

Mount Rainier with alpine flowers, Sunrise

View of Mount Rainier with White River from Crystal Mountain Resort

View of Mount Rainier with White River from Crystal Mountain Resort

Mount Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake

Mount Rainier reflected in Tipsoo Lake

“The mountains are playing at standing on their heads, and their reflections are even lovelier than the reality.  The water’s depth and mystery impart vibrancy to the images, and the trembling of the surface conjures visions at the edge of a dream.”
— Sylvain Tesson, The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga, translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Responses to “Six Views of Mount Rainier”

  1. Judy Says:

    Awesome pictures. Makes me feel cool on this overly hot day. Thank you.

  2. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Breathtaking! A few years ago, I hiked the Wonderland Trail, the 93-mile trail that circumnavigates Rainier. I had perfect weather the whole time, with 360 degrees of stunning views like the ones above. The trip was one of the best I have ever made, transformational, and Rainier still has the ability to affect me emotionally. Your photos bring it all back. Lovely and formidable, even in her clement times, the Goddess Rainier. Thank you for these. Your posts tell a story to my soul.

    • Rosemary Says:

      I am intimidated by the Wonderland Trail. Did you find it difficult? Did you cache food and supplies? How long did it take?

      • camilla wells paynter Says:

        I would say there were difficult aspects, but the challenges were what made the trip what it was. I took 12 days, almost the whole 2 weeks that is the maximum time you can get permitted for. This was a good pace for me, though I met people who were making the hike in 4 days and ultramarathoners who were running it in 2 days! I recommend taking more time if you want to have some time to rest, explore, take photos, etc.

        I had friends meet me at one of the trailheads you can drive to (this required an extra three-mile jaunt on my part) to resupply, but I think I did more unloading than resupplying. It was my first long solo backpacking trip, so I learned quickly what I really needed and didn’t need! I know now that I could’ve packed in all my food for the whole trip. The park makes the caching process very easy, too, however.

        The book to read is: Discovering the Wonders of Wonderland Trail, by Bette Filley. It will tell you everything you need to know, starting with the permitting process. If you have the time, and are in–or can get in–decent shape (expect 4,000 ft elevation gain or loss per day), I HIGHLY recommend this hike!

  3. Brigitte Says:

    Dear Rosemary j aime beaucoup les ouvrages de Sylvain Tesson j ai eu l occasion de le rencontrer il y a une dizaine d années lors d un festival près de Marseille . J ai lu son dernier livre en français le titre est “dans les forêts de Sibérie ” in Siberians’ forests

    Dear Rosemary I love the works of Sylvain Tesson I had the opportunity to meet him there ten years during a festival near Marseille. I have read his latest book the title is “dans les forêts de Sibérie ” in Siberians’ forests

    Tank you for your photographs Brigitte

    • Rosemary Says:

      Dear Brigitte, So nice to hear from you. I just read an advanced reader copy of Sylvain Tesson’s The Consolations of the Forest about his time in the remote cabin in the taiga. I may have to buy it to reread from time to time. He is like the French Thoreau! I can’t believe you met him. What a thrill. I wish his other books would be translated into English. He has a wonderful flair for language.

      I did think of you and Michele as I read the Tesson book — finally this American is reading a French author!


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