All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

This is the sign at the west entrance to <strong>Mt. Rainier National Park</strong>. The first day when we paid our entrance fee, the ranger at the gate told me there weren't any wildflowers blooming in the park. He was thinking of the masses of multic...
This is the sign at the west entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park. The first day when we paid our entrance fee, the ranger at the gate told me there weren't any wildflowers blooming in the park. He was thinking of the masses of multicolored flowers in the fields in the mountain meadows, not the roadside varieties. The high elevations were still under at least 8 feet of snow, so I knew we were too early to see those flowers. I found that hard to believe that nothing would be in bloom since I had already seen over 50 different flowers in the other parts of the state. On our last day in the park I took a list to the rangers of nearly 90 flowers that I documented in 4 days of driving and hiking! :) You have to get out of the car and look to see many flowers, some of them are very small or not brightly colored, they are not easy to find.

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