It's hard to believe that these lupine flowers are growing in one of the snowiest places on earth. The National Park Service claims that "Paradise is the snowiest place on Earth where snowfall is measured regularly". Here on the south side of Mt. Rainier a whopping 1122 inches (93 feet) of snow fell in just one winter. It is not uncommon for snow depths to reach 20 feet by late winter. Winter snows typically begin to melt slowly in early May. Usually by early August wildflowers reach their peak - nurtured by fertile volcanic soils and plentiful moisture. This patch of lupine was particularly abundant and lush. Soft light, no wind and some front tilt on the view camera kept everything sharply defined.
MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON
Toyo 45 AII camera with Schneider 110/5.6 XL lens and Fuji Velvia 50 film - 1/2 sec at f/36