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August 17, 2009 / Greg Vaughn

Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake

Mt. Rainier with lenticular cloud, from Reflection Lake.

Mt. Rainier with lenticular cloud, from Reflection Lake.

They say that when a lenticular cloud appears on Mount Rainier rain will be arriving within 24 hours, and that’s exactly what happened last week. The first morning there I got this photo, and for the next several days it was nothing but fog and rain. The Mountain, as Washingtonians call it, didn’t show itself again, except for very brief fleeting glimpses, until yesterday morning.

The soft light of fog was great for close-ups of wildflowers, however, and the meadows at Paradise are spectacular this summer with a profusion of lupine, paintbrush, columbine, pasqueflower and more.

With the clearing weather, I’m headed back up to Paradise today, hopefully to get photos with both flowers and The Mountain.

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