Peaking wildflowers and 90-degree temperatures in the Cascade Mountains in June! Trevor Anderson shares his experiences from an ever-changing weather system in the mountains
I glance across the meadow to a bear well removed from hibernation munching on a carpet of lilies while being dwarfed by Mount Rainier. The Spray Park meadows feature diverse shades of red and blue due to the abundant lupine and paintbrush flowers. The sun is hitting me with mid-summer intensity as my skin starts to fry a tad. This anecdote would be fully normal if it was actually mid-summer, but when the calendar reads late June, one can see the high strangeness of the summer season before us. As landscape photographers it is always best to be conscious of the uniqueness of each season and be able to adjust plans accordingly.
In all of my years of hiking I have not seen anything close to the dryness of weather and expediency of wildflower blooms in the Pacific Northwest. Many areas around Mt. Rainier are witnessing …
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