Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mt. Rainier Weekend Witnesses Change of Seasons

by Janine Unsoeld

September 21 was a great day: the International Day of Peace, and the beginning of the Autumn Equinox. A change of seasons, and a time of renewal and reflection. I love September.

September 21 also happens to be my birthday! My mother died quite unexpectedly in July, so it was a day of extra, evolving emotions. It's a good thing that the beauty of nature and exercise helped bring many thoughts to clarity. With these few pictures of a special place, I wish to thank my mother for the many gifts of love and sacrifice she gave me.

Above: Mt. Rainier on Saturday morning from the National Inn at Longmire.
Above: Amanita mushroom. 

Above: Bejeweled lupine.
Above: Nature's September sapphires, Queen's Cup (blue-bead lily), Clintonia uniflora. It is considered unpalatable for humans.
Above: This triceratops-shaped tree root launched us into a whole uplifting litany of funny children's songs and lyrics that reminded us of how nice it was to be parents, and parents of now-grown children.
 Above: The moody power of Comet Falls.