Thursday, August 19, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

The first time I saw Mount Rainier was from the airplane. It towers above the Cascade Range and is a stratovolcano - you can click here to see what that means. According to Wikipedia it is 14,411 feet and is the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range. You can find out more here.

I loved driving around with snow all over the mountains. The temperature was in the low 80's. These were taken at the end of August in Mount Rainer National Park, which is located 54 miles southeast of Seattle.

In 1792 Captain George Vancouver of the British Navy became the first European to sail into the Puget Sound. On the horizon he noted a large, snowy mountain, known to local Native Americans as Tahoma, Takhoma or Takobet. Vancouver named it for his colleague, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.

This was an interesting reminder that Mount Rainier is indeed a volcano.


Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia for hosting SkyWatch Friday.

If you want to join in you can click right here.

31 comments:

  1. Denise, your pictures are amazing. What a magnificent sight to behold...breathtaking.
    ☼ Sunny

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  2. Captain Vancouver also brought the first cattle to Hawaii as a gift to Kamehameha the Great.


    Warm Aloha from Waikiki :)

    Comfort Spiral

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  3. Great pictures. A very impressive volcano.

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  4. We do love "our mountain" here in the Seattle area. And for us it is special too. Paridise on Mt Rainier, during the blooming of the alpine meadow flowers, is my personal paridise, our daughter got married at Mt Rainier, and both of our kids have stood on its summit.

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  5. just wonderful. I needed some snow photos. It's extremely hot here.

    Great shots.Thank you

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  6. The snow against that beautiful blue sky is stunning.

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  7. That's a beautifully snow carpeted mountain peak!

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  8. Beautiful pictures, so lovely with the snow-capped mountain and the beautiful blue sky.

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  9. Wonderful shots of Mt Rainier. It is cool seeing snow in the summer. Just as long as it is not here.

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  10. That's how I was when I saw Mt. Fuji in Japan. I couldn't take my eyes off that mountain (volcano). I love your deep blue sky in the second from the bottom...awesome!

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  11. Great photos of Rainier. It's amazing to have a volcano so near a big city like Seattle.

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  12. What a privilege to see this beauty. Happy skywatching and happy Friday!

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  13. Wonderful photos of the volcano. So refreshing and cool, with snow about the mountain.

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  14. Yep, that's 'our' mountain all right. She's a beauty. MB

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  15. Years ago ... many years ago ... I lived in Seattle. I could go back in a second. I loved Mt. Ranier. So beautiful any way or direction you see it.

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  16. A snow-covered volcano near a modern city - amazing! Is it extinct or dormant?

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  17. Thank you all for stopping by. Much appreciated. Have a great weekend.

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  18. Magnificent!
    Have a beautiful weekend dear Denise!
    Léia

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  19. I loved looking at your photographs of Mount Rainier. The views of the mountain are spectacular. I hope to one day see Mount Rainier in person!

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  20. It is a gorgeous mountain, isn't it? Your photos are superb! So glad you got to see it at its best! Marvelous! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Denise! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  21. Lovely photos of a beautiful mountain! :)

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  22. Your pictures are so nice, I like the snow on the mountain.

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  23. Amazing shots!

    http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2010/08/sky-friday_20.html

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  24. How exciting to see this up close and personal. Your shots are superb.

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  25. You really got a crystal clear day! Lucky you! The sky is so amazingly blue.

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  26. I like your skywatch post. The volcanos rising above clouds are amazing. :)

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  27. beautiful photos! very interesting sign. Hopefully, it won't be needed any time soon. I visited Mt. Rainier once in the Summer a few years back. It was so lovely. I loved the warm temperature, the snow, and the gorgeous wildflowers.

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