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I appreciate the continued comments on these photographs. Since my original post, I've realized I had spent 10 days at Rainier and not 9. Have been on the road since the end of June and somewhat lost track of the timing of various events.
Regarding Rainier; I'd hiked/photographed various sites from Longmire to Box Canyon for 3 days, went to Tacoma for a few days, then returned to complete the Wonderland in 7 days.
The flower scenes were my first attempt at "focus stacking", and it's a technique I'll be working to get better at.
The Wonderland is definitely a worthwhile venture. Having spent my first few decades in western Washington many years ago, I'd been to Rainier dozens of times and only recalled my interest in hiking the WT. I hit the trail somewhat naively however, with little recent research. I expected a nice trail that stayed somewhat at elevation, meandering along for 93 miles. The reality of the situation was hammered home by the second day, and I then realized the trail would be a nonstop repetition of miles of uphill trudging, followed by miles of downhill travel.
The flies were not much of a problem, but the mosquitoes were a different sort of plague. I haven't been mauled by such blood suckers in at least a dozen years, primarily since I just haven't been anywhere in NM or Colorado that had the buggers so abundantly. And since I have not encountered them, I took no bug juice, and worse, the zipper on my entry netting for the tent was broken, leaving full access to the marauders.
My solution the to the problem was to keep moving. I'd get to my campsite and set my gear aside. Since my netting was broken, I did not set up the tent for the majority of the trip. Instead, I would set off to locate sunset shooting sites for the eve, or scout for a sunrise location. I realized the sqeetos went to bed around dark, so I would not get into my bag until they shut down for the night. I was never bothered by them at night.
I can see how cropping the Aurora Lake shot could make it look better. I'll give it a go.
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