America's Great Outdoors
As spring grows ever-stronger, and snowfall makes way for rain at higher and higher elevations in the mountains, the Cascade Mountains begin to truly live up to their name. Mount Rainier National Park contains hundreds of waterfalls, from tiny seasonal streamlets that curtain the roadside cliffs on the way up to Paradise, to the massive thundering cataracts that plunge off the upper mountain. This is one of my favorites: Silver Falls, a short hike above Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner of the park, photographed in July of last year by Jeff Moore.

As spring grows ever-stronger, and snowfall makes way for rain at higher and higher elevations in the mountains, the Cascade Mountains begin to truly live up to their name. Mount Rainier National Park contains hundreds of waterfalls, from tiny seasonal streamlets that curtain the roadside cliffs on the way up to Paradise, to the massive thundering cataracts that plunge off the upper mountain. This is one of my favorites: Silver Falls, a short hike above Ohanapecosh in the southeast corner of the park, photographed in July of last year by Jeff Moore.

There’s something about a 14,000-foot mountain looming on the horizon that draws the attention of photographers. Yet Mount Rainier isn’t the only spectacular bit of scenery in our park! The Tatoosh Range, half the size of Rainier and a dozen times older, can also make for breathtaking photography. This image of Eagle Peak in the snow, beautifully framed and photographed by Jill Foster on March 4, 2012 and shared in the Mount Rainier National Park photo group at http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS, is a good example. There are great pictures everywhere. Just keep your eyes open, and look away from the big volcano now and then!

There’s something about a 14,000-foot mountain looming on the horizon that draws the attention of photographers. Yet Mount Rainier isn’t the only spectacular bit of scenery in our park! The Tatoosh Range, half the size of Rainier and a dozen times older, can also make for breathtaking photography. This image of Eagle Peak in the snow, beautifully framed and photographed by Jill Foster on March 4, 2012 and shared in the Mount Rainier National Park photo group at http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS, is a good example. There are great pictures everywhere. Just keep your eyes open, and look away from the big volcano now and then!

You can probably name this Park Place if you’ve spent much time in Mount Rainier National Park's wilderness. Can you see why this is a favorite destination of many backpackers? It's even doable round-trip in a long, but strenuous, day hike. Name this park place and share your photos of it in the comments below. NPS/Dave Turner photo

You can probably name this Park Place if you’ve spent much time in Mount Rainier National Park's wilderness. Can you see why this is a favorite destination of many backpackers? It's even doable round-trip in a long, but strenuous, day hike. Name this park place and share your photos of it in the comments below. 

NPS/Dave Turner photo

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.Photographed by Justin Kern September 10, 2012 and shared in Mount Rainier Flickr photo group http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS.

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Photographed by Justin Kern September 10, 2012 and shared in Mount Rainier Flickr photo group http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS.

This stunning sunset is courtesy of Olympic National Park in Washington. Photo: Marco Crupi (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This stunning sunset is courtesy of Olympic National Park in Washington.

Photo: Marco Crupi (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Reflections make some of the most extraordinary images of Mount Rainier. In an image like this one — captured by JD Hascup last year (October 17, 2012) at Tipsoo Lake, and shared in the Mount Rainier National Park photo group at http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS — you could almost flip the image over and hang it on the wall upside down without anyone noticing. The brilliant autumn colors and the clouds lingering over the summit of the Mountain add additional interest to the scene, though the view from this spot hardly needs them retain its claim as one of the most beautiful places in the park.

Reflections make some of the most extraordinary images of Mount Rainier. In an image like this one — captured by JD Hascup last year (October 17, 2012) at Tipsoo Lake, and shared in the Mount Rainier National Park photo group at http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS — you could almost flip the image over and hang it on the wall upside down without anyone noticing. The brilliant autumn colors and the clouds lingering over the summit of the Mountain add additional interest to the scene, though the view from this spot hardly needs them retain its claim as one of the most beautiful places in the park.

This is exactly what our reaction would be if we came across this spectacular view in Olympic National Park.Photo: Marco Crupi  (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This is exactly what our reaction would be if we came across this spectacular view in Olympic National Park.

Photo: Marco Crupi  (www.sharetheexperience.org)

50 years ago today (August 28, 1963), hundreds of thousands of Americans of all colors, races, and creeds joined in a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C. The event reached its dramatic climax at the Lincoln Memorial with music, prayers, remarks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. This moment was a turning point in American history that set our nation on the path to full equality and justice under the law.Here is one of our favorite photos of the exact spot Dr. King stood 50 years ago. Photo: Brandon Kopp

50 years ago today (August 28, 1963), hundreds of thousands of Americans of all colors, races, and creeds joined in a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C. The event reached its dramatic climax at the Lincoln Memorial with music, prayers, remarks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. This moment was a turning point in American history that set our nation on the path to full equality and justice under the law.

Here is one of our favorite photos of the exact spot Dr. King stood 50 years ago. 

Photo: Brandon Kopp

A quarter moon hangs over Second Beach in Olympic National Park.Photo: Justin Marx

A quarter moon hangs over Second Beach in Olympic National Park.

Photo: Justin Marx

There’s a hidden world out there in the night sky that most of us never see. The lights of civilization drown out the rest of the cosmos visible just beyond our bubble of light. But visit a National Park like Mount Rainier, where dark skies are still preserved, and suddenly the entire universe appears!This image was captured by photographer Dave Morrow (www.Facebook.com/DaveMorrow, www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com)

There’s a hidden world out there in the night sky that most of us never see. The lights of civilization drown out the rest of the cosmos visible just beyond our bubble of light. But visit a National Park like Mount Rainier, where dark skies are still preserved, and suddenly the entire universe appears!

This image was captured by photographer Dave Morrow (www.Facebook.com/DaveMorrowwww.DaveMorrowPhotography.com)