The iconic Mount Rainier National park is a photographer’s dream. One of my favorite locations inside the park to photograph this iconic volcano is Tipsoo Lake. The lake offers great views and a beautiful reflection of Mount Rainier. Unfortunately, the road to the lake closes during the winter months which can be restricting if you want to capture unique photos of the area covered in snow. Timing between the re-opening of the road and when the snow starts to melt can be tricky.
When the road re-opens, I start to look more carefully into the forecast. On that particular day, a storm was approaching and I thought that the drama added by the stormy clouds could result in an interesting photo. I left Seattle with a friend, we beat Seattle traffic and got there with enough time for sunset. As sunset time approached, we noticed the golden light from the sun passing through the clouds. It was an indication that the sunset would be a colorful one. We hike around the lake to find good spots to set-up our cameras.
The mountain and the reflection of the lake looked like a beautiful composition but I wanted a more elaborate frame, one with snow. After all, it was one of the reasons we had driven there in the first place. While exploring the area, I found this curvy edge that caught my eye.
This is a single exposure and my favorite one. I love how it shows the color transition, first from yellow to orange, and then finally to pink. I'm also fond of the fact that it’s still possible to see the sunlight hitting the side of the mountain. The storm never arrived, at least the way we expected it to. But I left happy for I had just witnessed one of the best sunsets of my life.