Mount Rainier is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Standing at 14,409 feet, it is literally unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Photos cannot do it justice. The first time I saw it, I was driving through a small town in Washington, on my way from Olympic National Park. I could see Mount Rainier off in the distance, floating over the landscape in a way that felt like looking at the moon—an acute sense of awe of its sheer grandness. I loved it so much that we detoured back to see it again a week later, where I took this photo at Reflection Lakes.
This photo was taken using a 10 stop neutral density filter, to allow for a 20 second exposure for those wispy clouds and the smooth lake. This photo doesn’t do Rainier justice, but it’s still pretty grand.