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Mt Rainier Day Hiking from Sunrise

The thing that gets me most about Mt Rainier is it’s ‘there-ness.’ On clear day, the mountain hovers over Seattle like a lumpy white ghost, appearing unexpectedly as one comes over one of Seattle’s hills or in between buildings, while crossing intersections. No matter how many times I see it, I find it impossible to take it for granted.  We can see it from our apartment rooftop in Ballard, the bottom half cut-off by Queen Anne hill,  the disc of the Space Needle superimposed on its middle reaches.  After 10 months living in Seattle,  it was time to pay Rainier a visit.

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Waxing Crescent moon and passing clouds.

I step outside with a glass of wine and watch the illuminated texture of thin clouds passing in front of the crescent moon.   It looks like a time lapse. The air is cool and marine. I was thinking the other day how in my adult life I’ve never lived very far from a body of water large enough to be visibly tidal. Chicago, San Francisco, New York, now Seattle; even the Potomac River is tidal where it passed through DC.  It’s after 10pm but it’s only just got dark.  I should be in bed but I want to freeze this moment so I mount my camera on a tripod and ‘click, click’ away. I don’t know why I can’t just look and let go.

Weekend in the San Juan Islands