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:

Sunny said...

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

Cloudia said...

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


Warm Aloha from Waikiki :)

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Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures. A very impressive volcano.

Linda Reeder said...

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.

Dani said...

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

Great shots.Thank you

J Bar said...

Snow covered peaks always look amazing.
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Lesley said...

The snow against that beautiful blue sky is stunning.

Roy said...

Lovely scenes Denise.

AL said...

That's a beautifully snow carpeted mountain peak!

Gramma Ann said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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

Carolyn Ford said...

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!

Janie said...

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

Jenny the Pirate said...

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

Japa said...

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

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Small City Scenes said...

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

Lucy said...

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.

cat said...

So many beautiful shots :)

jabblog said...

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

Denise said...

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

Cezar and Léia said...

Magnificent!
Have a beautiful weekend dear Denise!
Léia

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

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!

Sylvia K said...

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

EG Wow said...

Lovely photos of a beautiful mountain! :)

Evelyn said...

Beautiful.

Margaret Cloud said...

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

fredamans said...

Amazing shots!

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Poetic Shutterbug said...

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

Kay said...

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

NatureFootstep said...

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

Splendid Little Stars said...

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.