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New on 500px : A still morning by AndrewKumler by AndrewKumler

Calm and cool sunrise on Sparks Lake in the Oregon Cascades.

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New on 500px : Supermoon Rebirth by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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The third time was definitely the charm up on Johnston Ridge as I finally caught one of the most gorgeous and longest sunsets I had ever seen and a supermoon rise as an added bonus. This was taken just after 10pm as the moon rose up over the mountain. The sunset was still lingering and light pink glow illuminated the western side of the mountain while the bright moonlight enveloped the eastern side of the blast zone. It was absolutely gorgeous and made for one heck of a memorable night. As an added bonus I ran into two local photogs Kristina Wilson and Paul Bowman; small world!!

Johnston Ridge, Mt. St. Helens, WA

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New on 500px : Reflection by ZachBlackwood by ZachBlackwood

Sunrise at Sparks Lake with the usual calm waters for a great reflection of the mountains.

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New on 500px : Blooming Dreams by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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It’s hard to pick a favorite image, but I think that this is up there for me. This is the image that I’ve been longing for since I started photography about two years ago. Mt. Rainier and wildflowers go hand in hand and to be able to finally photograph them, together is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. This was taken in early morning light on Sun Top lookout at 7,500 ft near HWY 410. Thanks a ton to my girlfriend’s dad for finding this really cool location. This image wouldn’t have been possible without his insight. This is what I hope to be the first of several wildflower images from the mountains this summer!

Sun Top Lookout, HWY 410, Greenwater, WA

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New on 500px : Dark Divide by MichaelBollino by MichaelBollino

Between Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens lies the Dark Divide, an area of dense forest and high ridges full of incredible creeks and waterfalls. The Dark Divide is the epicenter for mythology surrounding Big Foot. I couldn’t help feeling as though I had company while exploring this rarely shot area.

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New on 500px : Nature’s Subtleties by cwexplorationphotography by cwexplorationphotography

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This past weekend my gf’s dad was kind enough to show me some areas I hadn’t seen near Mt. Rainier. This image comes from an unmarked forest road near Sun Top lookout on HWY 410 by Mt. Rainier. I bushwhacked through a stand of old Alder trees and stumbled across a single patch of these bright pink and blue flowers. I had never seen anything like this in the high country before and it was the only patch of flowers like this in the area. I went off to scout the area for some more meadows and such but I couldn’t get this image out of my head, so I decided to come back and photograph this area.

This is 8 images focus stacked and 2 for dynamic range. These flowers were extremely tiny and I was essentially down on the ground trying to photograph them, lots of fun!

Sun Top Lookout, HWY 410, Greenwater, WA

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New on 500px : Miss Independent by ramij by ramij

Instead of catching fireworks on the 4th of July, I decided to take the 2 hour drive to shoot wildflowers on Mt. St. Helens. Thought I’d miss fireworks, but my trip on the way back was a “drive-through fireworks” display through the back roads of Washington. It seemed every home had their personal show going off in their backyard. Very cool experience on both fronts.

Technically, this one was an absolute bear to process. Something like 10 focus stacked shots and manually blending that took me longer than I’d like to admit. I wanted to get up close and personal with the wildflowers, which meant focus blending was critical for sharpness front to back. It’s not perfect but I couldn’t look at it any longer. I’ll definitely be back to this location again next year.

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New on 500px : Partly Sunny by DustinGent by DustinGent

Taken a few weeks ago, same trip as my last MSH shot – just a bit earlier. I over sharpened this one on accident/purpose – the thumbnail on 500px looked bad.. oh well 🙂

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New on 500px : Sparks Lake Sunset by ZachBlackwood by ZachBlackwood

I was blessed with epic clouds and great color for sunset on the 4th at Sparks Lake. Photos just don’t do the amazing texture and depth that were in the clouds in person, but this is my attempt at portraying that awe inspiring feel you get in nature.

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New on 500px : Hydrotopia by MichaelBollino by MichaelBollino

Last week I was lucky enough to spend a very long and very eye opening day with Brian Kibbons exploring little visited locations in Washington State’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest. To say the least, it was the most excited I’ve felt about shooting waterfalls and creeks in a very long time. So much new ground to cover and explore. This image was taken in the most spectacular waterfall location I’ve visited and may surpass any location I’ve seen in the Columbia River Gorge. My mind was absolutely blown. Brian, with his photographic memory, drove us down seemingly endless miles of forest service roads, screeching to a halt when I saw a small pink ribbon tied to a tree. “This is our Spot.” We grabbed our bags and bushwhacked down a steep and burly hillside for a while before popping out just down stream from this falls. When I saw what we were heading for I just shook my head and started smiling. Can’t wait to get back into this area again.

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