Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mount Rainier Nat'l Park

Hello and Happy Thursday!

I am sharing some images from our first few days April 30-May3rd in Washington state and our visit to Mount Rainier Nat'l Park. We were happy the weather cooperated and we saw some blue skies along with the gray cloudy days. I have some common birds seen in Washington along with some pretty sky images.

One of the common Washington States birds we saw was this Oregon Junco below, they are cute.


A view of the mountains with a blue sky. As you go up the curvy mountain road you leave the greenery behind and end up with snow all around you.


We saw lots of white trillium along with some pink trillium in places.



Another view of our walk on the Trail of the Shadows, Mount Rainier Nat'l Park. This is at Longmire and an elevation of 2,761 feet.


The American Robin was one of the most common birds we saw during the whole trip.


A Belted Kingfisher seen during one of our walks along the river.


During our stay we saw blue skies and cloudy gray skies, either way the scenery and views were beautiful.  We even saw some snow flurries.


At the park we headed to the where the snow plows had stopped clearing the roads. Some roads were not supposed to open until the end of May or June.



Inside looking out from the Paradise Visitor Center, Mount Rainier Nat'l Park. You can see the snow piled up near the bottom of the window.


Paradise Visitor Center, Mount Rainier Nat'l Park is at an elevation of 5,400 feet.



For my list of thankful things this week:
I am thankful the weather was nice during our trip. After we left this area we heard they closed the road to the Paradise visitor center due to the warm weather could cause the snow to drop off like an avalanche into the road.
I am thankful we had good timing for our activities.


I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.  Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments. Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday



65 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Eileen. Thank you for sharing these awesome photos of your visit. I hope you enjoy your Thursday.

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  2. Hello,

    Beautiful photos, and the birds are så pretty. It was a lot of snow there! I'm glad no avalanches came down when you where there.
    Happy Thursday!

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  3. Maravilhosas ,como sempre, tuas fotos! Ótimo dia pra ti! bjs, chica

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  4. Oh my goodness Eileen what a contrast to Florida, but it does look great, wonderful post, and photos.
    Take care, Gordon.

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  5. Hello. Loved the bird pic, cute :))
    Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings

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  6. Love the mountains with blue sky and snow. It feels good to see the snow, even in photos because I am sweating in this hot weather. Have a great day!

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  7. Hari OM
    The change of scenery refreshes, does it not? LOVE the window shot! Happy Thursday. YAM xx

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  8. I am loving the Thankful Thursday thing!

    I am thankful for the photos on this blog! :)

    Have a great day, Eileen.

    Sandi



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  9. What lovely photos, thanks for sharing!

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  10. That looks a lovely place to relax and nice bird images. Eileen please link me in Saturday

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  11. Pretty mountain views along with birds and wildflowers - wonderful!

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  12. Lovely pictures of the birds (especially loved the kingfisher), the Mountain scenes and the wildflowers.

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  13. What a lovely place to view nature -I really enjoyed your photos. My husband has a sister in Washington, but we have never been there. Bad of us.
    Have a great week!

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  14. Goodness, still so weathery.

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  15. You are a FINE photographer and a better friend, Eileen. Thanks Dear, ALOHA

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  16. what a gorgeous junco, they are a winter bird for me!!! it was fun to see the snow today, i love and miss it!!

    beautiful images today!!!

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  17. what a great trip, beautiful photos! have a great day :)

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  18. Hello Eileen! What majestic views of those snowy peaks! It really does seem as if it is winter there still!
    fantastic bird sightings too!

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  19. I do love your Oregon Junco, it is beautiful Eileen. And the Belted Kingfisher is of this world. Fantastic landscape.

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  20. aww, a lovely visit. I was thinking. The kingfisher is the punk rocker of the avian world, huh.

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  21. Good morning Eileen, what a fun trip this was, for me too, and I love seeing the snow even better that it's photos! I'm so into summer right now! I wouldn't know the bird's name but so cute!

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  22. Looks like you got MOST of the seasons all in one week. The photos (as always) are lovely.

    Belted kingfishers -------I've seen quite a few. I have not managed to capture a single one on camera! They are too skittish.

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  23. Hello Eileen, I hope your day is going well.
    Thanks once again for sharing some lovely photographs. So good to see the birds, especially the American Robin and views of the snow ... amazing.

    All the best Jan

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  24. it is all beautiful and I love the bird with the wild HAIR do.. LOL

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  25. I totally love #7--not that I didn't enjoy the others.

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  26. Absolutely brilliant series of captures, Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you are having a great week!

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  27. What a lovely trip and gorgeous photos!
    Thanks for sharing Eileen.
    Robin

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  28. Lots of creative photos here as always ~ not crazy about the snow but it is beautiful ^_^

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  29. We get junco's visiting our bird feeder at home. You need to come back to Mt Rainier National park in August when the wildflowers are blooming on the high mountain slopes.

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  30. What a fabulous trip and I'm so glad you had good weather. How neat to see so much snow...glad it stayed put and didn't come onto the roads while you were there. Love the different birds...the Junco sure is sweet! Hugs, Diane

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  31. A spectacular landscape, Eileen! I'd love to have a go at Rainier someday.

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  32. A beautiful spot and wonderful photos! Looks to me like still a huge amount of snow at the beginning of April.

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  33. Thank you for sharing this special moment. Great photos.

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  34. Lovely images, Eileen! My oldest son was based out in Seattle a decade or so ago and I visited him there / visiting Mt Rainier was an amazing and enjoyable part of that visit

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  35. Very nice pics, Eileen. We love to travel but haven't been to Mt. Rainier so I really appreciate seeing your pics of it. Nice to see the Oregon Junco looks very similar to our Juncos with his cute pink legs and peak. Thanks Eileen.

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  36. Washington is a state I have visited. I love all of that snow! Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend!

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  37. It is a beautiful part of the country. I love your photos!

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  38. Brrr! I'm feeling cold just looking at these pics. ;-)

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  39. Eileen, A belated welcome to our state! Glad you got some good weather while you were here. Loved seeing your photos!

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  40. I love the north west. Great photos Eileen. Happy Friday :)

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  41. The snow images are breathtaking and lovely capture on birds and trillium! Glad the weather was at your favour to enjoy the walk

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  42. Nice nature shots as always. Thanks for showing us.

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  43. Hallo Eileen,

    I just discovered your nice blog by your Commentary by synnöve.

    This pictures are just breathtaking! Such a nice view and Atmosphere! Thank you so much for sharing this pics :-)

    Best wishes from germany.
    Home to See you again. I love to follow your blog!

    Greats, Rebecca

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  44. Wonderful mountain landscapes, very enjoyable!
    Happy weekend to you!

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  45. So nice to be able to travel and enjoy the beauty of so many places. Go while you can. I used to travel a lot, but no more.

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  46. The landscape is so alluring. A pity that I haven't been up that way when it's so close to me being in the same coast. I must do something to remedy this remission.

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  47. Hello Eileen,
    Only the pictures of your birds are great to see.
    So many beautiful birds and that is enjoyable.
    Also nature is beautiful to see. You will therefore be very pleased.
    I wish you a very nice weekend

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  48. Hi Eileen, so glad you enjoyed your visit to my neck of the woods! Next time come in July - the flanks of Mt. Rainier are covered in wildflowers and you can take the trails near the visitor center to view them all. Yes, it is dangerous to travel up there during avalanche season. Wonderful photos - love the kingfisher. xx Karen

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  49. those are lovely birds! Nice capture, Eileen..

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  50. Thanks for sharing - lovely pics from your trip

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  51. Great photos, looks like you had a nice break away.

    Diana

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  52. I'm not used to seeing snow on your posts, Eileen!

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  53. Your pictures would be great advertisement to go to Washington. I especially like the Oregon Junco.

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  54. thank you for the tour Eileen. One of these days I hope to go to the snow. Have a fabulous weekend, and happy travels.

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  55. Beautiful Pacific NW shots! Love that sweet junco...we've had quite a few in our yard.

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  56. I am SO glad you were able to get around Mt Rainier as well as you did... it is amazing (not the best birding, but so worth it anyway as you so well express) but an awesome park ..... we are on our way back to the Pacific Northwest and will be home next month. (Driving, stopping in Colorado to spend some time with our 'kids' there.).....

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  57. Awesome. Glad your timing was so good!

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  58. Beautiful place; such beautiful place to have a visit and to have great time in Spring. Lots of aspects captured, lots of white snow on the hills and blue skies, too! And pretty birds...along various types of views. Amazing how different the scenery can be...from green to white...
    Lovely place!
    A very sunny and creative new week, Eileen!

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  59. Great photos . . .
    I must admit, 90 degree weather here, high humidity . . .
    Seeing the snow, WELCOMED . . .

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  60. Wow--you really traveled far! Love the Oregon Junco... sort of pinkish tummy, different than ours! Thanks for sharing... Hugs!

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