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Old Jun 15, 2006, 4:59 PM   #1
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Just returned from a visit to the Pacific Northwest--visited Mt. Rainier NP and Seattle. Actually, rode Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle--what a scenic ride especially through Glacier NP and the Cascades. Alas, not very conducive to taking pictures due to the "not so clean" windows on the train as well as the fast moving scenery. Anyhow, here are a few pictures from Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier



Don't recall the name of this waterfall, but it is within the park border...does anyone know which it is?



A Marmot was having dinner quite undisturbed by our presence.



A Stellar's Jay (I think!)...once again, quite unphased by humans.



Not Mt. Rainier, but a colorful subject from the Farmers' Market in Seattle:


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Very nice photos!

That definitely looks like a Stellars Jay to me, and it doesn't surprise me that he was unphased by your presence. The ones around my house are loud, and somewhat aggressive. I watched one kick up quite a fuss when a large black bird (figured it was either a crow or a raven, I know little about birds) was perched on the top of a power pole by the house. That jay made a huge fuss (that the crow ignored) until the crow flew off. I tried to take a picture, but it was around sunset and the light was too yellow to make him look right. I've only managed one half-way reasonable picture of him in a tree, not anything as nice as yours!
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Only one word needed, wow!

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Old Jun 15, 2006, 9:03 PM   #4
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very very nice. looks like you had a great time.

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Looks like a great trip.
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It was quite a feast for the senses! My first visit to that part of the U.S. Here is one more that I mean to post as well. The sun was breaking through the clouds followinig a rain shower when my daughter alerted me to the rainbow. This is Alder Lake (about 20 miles from Mt. Rainier National Park). It was truly a Kodak...I mean a Pentax moment!


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It was quite a feast for the senses!
Boy, that's for sure! My older son just moved to Seattle, and we will visit him during the first week of October . . . my first time to that area as well. Am looking forward to enjoying the feast of Pentax moments . . . especially after the appetizer you offered. Thanks.

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This one is certainly AWESOME!
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