Wow! I can’t believe how fast time flies! It’s already October! Where did September go? Seems like Old Man Winter is getting a head start on us, here in the Pacific Northwest. The snow has already been flying in the higher elevations, with more expected this weekend. We lucked out and had some very nice weather the past several days, with temperatures lurking near 70 degrees. I took advantage of this time to visit Mount Rainier National Park to experience her autumn splendor. The colors are at their peak now. The Vine Maples and Huckleberry leaves have turned brilliant shades of red, orange, burgundy, and magenta. Along the steep escarpments, one can view patches of reds and oranges.
Perhaps the most colorful patch is at the base of Paradise Meadows, where the Huckleberry leaves have turned a magnificent magenta.
Below, bright, red clusters of Sitka Mountain Ash berries hang from branches, adding stunning contrast.
Below is a view of the mountain from across Paradise Valley.
Fiery maple leaves give lovely contrast to the white mountain as seen from the Longmire visitor area.
Every autumn, I make this trip to the national park to view the stunning colors. I’m never disappointed.
All images property of Peggy A Thompson