The Paradise area offers some of the best wildflower meadows in the Cascade Range. Soft light from an overcast sky is the perfect light for this type of "intimate landscape" - a term photographers frequently use for landscape images that do not include the sky. Direct sunlight would have been too harsh and destroyed the softness of this scene. This area, at about 6000 feet elevation, is only about 1/3 mile from the edge of a glacier and is snow covered most years from November until mid-July.
I was attracted to this scene by the delicate quality of the stream and wanted to include wildflowers that did not overwhelm the image but played more of a supporting role. Soft light and still air were absolutely necessary to obtain this image. Direct sun rarely works for this type of "intimate" landscape. Later this image became my first credit in Audubon calendars.
MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
Calumet Wood Field XM with Nikon 210/5.6 lens and Fuji Velvia film - 2 sec at f/38