After a crazy week in the Olympic Peninsula I headed over to Mount Rainier. I found out quickly when I got there that all the wildfires in this part of the country were no joke. I did not have any close encounters with them but a heavy haze from the smoke was a constant reminder. It was very difficult to see (even close by) mountain tops. Several days the smoke was so thick the sunlight was a strange orange color, in the middle of the day!
Add that to the fact that changing climate meant last winter saw record low snowfall, so all the wildflowers bloomed over a month early. I found myself needing to step up in the creativity department to find the photographs I was searching for.
A constant reminder of the nearby wild fires was present everywhere you went. Especially near Mount Adams (below) which is where one of the largest fires was.
Next up was the famous Columbia river gorge, with its spectacular array of waterfalls....
Finally it was over to the Oregon coast before heading back home.