Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sky Watch Friday--We were really watching the sky...

Here's where to go to find more Skywatchers.
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You might wonder how much sky is really there in this first picture. I say there is sky there, because Tuesday morning the sky came down to earth--at least the part of the earth where we were hiking, to sit there with us in the form of fog.
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Narada Falls lies at 4400 feet elevation along the Paradise River. This is only a glimpse of part of its 241 feet drop--along with a glimpse of trees above shrouded in the fog.
We could climb back into the car and turn on the heater once we had satisfied our wondering eyes. The backpacking couple we met and took a picture for had to hike on. They had started their trip on the Wonderland Trail during the weekend when the temperatures were hovering near and above 100º F. in most Western Washington cities and in the 90ºs at the park. Since the Wonderland Trail circles the mountain for a distance of about 90 miles, they had a long wet trip ahead of them before the predicted dry weather from Friday on. Most Wonderland Trail hikers do the circuit in nine to eleven days.
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Later in the morning, when we were hiking to Myrtle Falls with a ranger naturalist, the fog lifted enough for a peak at the Tatoosh Range south of Mt. Rainier. Well, maybe not the tops.

For the only peek we had at the peak, visit Paulie's photo from our afternoon hike, taken from the Nisqually River bed.

21 comments:

Suzanne said...

Thank you for sharing some beautiful photos and your information. Happy SWF.

Tommy said...

wow.. what an amazing photo and a cool place to visit

shutter happy jenn said...

It is one of my dream to see a real waterfalls. Lovely photos you've posted. And the clouds seem a bit low on the second one.

My SWF pictures are posted in these blogs:
Jenn Was Here and Shutter Happy Moments. Hope you can hop by if you have the time. Happy weekends to you!

Aileni said...

Cloud production without convection or evaporation.
Wonderful scene.

People with Cameras said...

I've never seen Niagara Falls from that perspective...very cool photos.

Pretty Life Online said...

Perfect one for SWF! Mine's up too hope you can drop by... Happy weekend!

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Judi~Gmj said...

Great job, I don't hike anymore but sounds like a good time was had. Interesting and mist-ical photos.

KylieM said...

ooo i love the foggy pic, just gorgeous xo

AphotoAday said...

Yep, that fog is definitely part of the landscape...   Beautiful, though...

RuneE said...

That haze was good enough for me!

imac said...

Great captures Katney.

CrazyCath said...

There is something majestic (for me) about the sky gently descending on the mountains, in a shroud, a shawl or a veil. Great shots.

(Been away - back now - catching up)

JFargo said...

I like the fog counting as sky. :) Nice pictures.

Daryl said...

Wonderful photos ... except for the rain it looks like it was great fun


:-Daryl

Kelly said...

These are beautiful photos! Looks like a wonderful place to go! Great shots! Well done...

John said...

Lovely shots and nice information.
Have a nice weekend.

Dragonstar said...

That waterfall photo is stunning - in spite of the very low sky!

starnitesky said...

The falls are stunning and yes fog is part of the sky!

Arija said...

Beautiful shots, the firs lend size to the waterfall and the late summer mountain meadow is to die for. Wish I were there too.

Louise said...

Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful shots.