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As I was planning for this year’s alpine wildflower season when I ran into a couple pretty sweet images I hadn’t seen before, so curiously I read the caption. As I usually do for trips such as this, I plan about a month ahead, and with the warmer temperatures I decided to plan a trip 2 weeks earlier than last year, which was 4 weeks earlier than the 2 years ago, and 6 weeks earlier than 3 years ago. As I read the caption it hit me like a ton of bricks: “If you don’t visit Mt. Rainier this weekend, you will likely miss your chance to shoot wildflowers”. The time stamp on the photo read 2 days prior, so it was for real.
Wow, so I guess I’m going to Mt. Rainier this weekend, so let me check the weather report… Nothing but blue skies. Ugh! I have plenty of images of Mt. Rainier with blue skies! This leaves me with 1 option. I’m going to Crater Lake! Yes, that’s right. I checked the weather report for several locations this weekend, and Crater Lake seemed like the only place where I’d find any clouds, so off I went!
To find the best composition I drove the entire loop. My first visit here was on the same weekend 5 years ago, and the loop was closed because the snow hadn’t been cleared yet. This time I would enjoy a fabulous drive around the rim, and with the cloud cover coming almost entirely from the south, this viewpoint seemed like a solid choice:
While I sat here and lined up this shot, cloaked in maximum strength DEET, I was overwhelmed by mosquitoes. They were seriously out of control, and apparently DEET just adds to the flavor. I literally had to trigger the shutter, then run away to avoid the swarm! When I got back my tripod and camera were covered! It was like they knew I had to come back to my camera, and were waiting!
Once the show was over I went to check out Watchman Lookout, but before I really got started, I saw this, and had to take a few shots!
The view from Watchman is pretty nice, but wasn’t was I was looking for on this night, so I took it all in and went back to my car and made a bad decision… I opened up more than 1 door. Immediately the swarm of mosquitoes strapped themselves in for a little car ride, so I finished packing up and drove around part of the rim with the windows open, inviting those who had entered to piss off. That got rid of quite a few, but others felt it was more beneficial to stay the night and buzz at a high frequency in my ear while I tried to get a few hours of sleep. In the morning I expressed my feelings to several of them, and I left an example on my dashboard of what happens to those whom feel compelled to reject my invitations!
I was excited to get out of my self-made mosquito trap, and take some picture near another nest! I guess a few mosquito bites are a small price to pay for lighting this good, so drink up, I guess. J