It was a damp mid-July weekend at Mt. Rainier. I don't think I ever saw the mountain itself that entire weekend. Given the tremendous amount of annual snowfall that falls on the subalpine meadows between 5000 and 6000 feet in elevation, it was now essentially very early summer. This can be a time of very lush vegetation as snow banks begin to melt and plants emerge. The soft light and minimal wind this day were perfect for close-up photography. In this image, fresh, new season's leaves of false hellebore are uncurling after a rain.
MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
Pentax 6x7 with 90/2.8 lens on Fujichrome Velvia film - 1 sec at f/22