There’s a special show being put on by nature right now in Mount Rainier National Park. The fiery reds, golds and burgundies are setting the meadow trails at Paradise ablaze with color. I feel privileged to be able to set eyes upon this seasonal spectacle each year. I’ve been watching and waiting for just the right moment to make the trip to the park to bathe my eyes in such a magnificence of autumn palette color. It puts new meaning to the old cliché, “a sight for sore eyes.” Yesterday was that day!
Normally, the autumn color at the Paradise meadows would take a few more weeks to reach their prime, but this year has been anything but normal. With so many days and weeks of clear, dry weather, night temperatures have been able to dip down far enough to bring about the change in colors. The huckleberry bushes that cover the meadows steal the show with their varying shades of red. Colorful vine maples cover steep, rocky slopes as well. I strongly encourage anyone within driving distance of the park to check out this spectacle of nature. Unfortunately, our never-ending dry spell is about to come to an abrupt halt. Our rains will be returning in a few days and will be hanging around for some time. But, if a trip is not possible, here are a few samples of what one could be experiencing.
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