While flying back from Washington State to Dallas a couple months ago, our plane went right by Mount Ranier. I whipped out my Canon 5D Mark II and snapped a whole bunch of photos of the magnificent landmark, and I thought I would share them with you guys in case anyone wanted to use one for a desktop wallpaper or whatever. I hadn’t posted these photos when I posted 101 Photos from Seattle, Washington, so here you go!
I currently have the one you see here to the right set as my wallpaper and I love it. For those of you who don’t know, Mount Ranier is a volcano and it’s the tallest mountain on the west coast. The US National Parks has a Web site on Mount Ranier so you can learn more if you are so inclined to visit.
Thank you Wikipedia for the following description:
Mount Rainier is an active stratovolcano (also known as a composite volcano) in Pierce County, Washington, located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle. It towers over the Cascade Range as the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and Cascade Volcanic Arc at 14,411 feet (4,392 m).
The mountain and the surrounding area are protected within Mount Rainier National Park. With 26 major glaciers and 35 square miles (91 km2) of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The summit is topped by two volcanic craters, each over 1,000 feet (300 m) in diameter with the larger east crater overlapping the west crater. Geothermal heat from the volcano keeps areas of both crater rims free of snow and ice, and has formed the world’s largest volcanic glacier cave network within the ice-filled craters. A small crater lake about 130 by 30 feet (40 m Ã— 9.1 m) in size and 16 feet (5 m) deep, the highest in North America with a surface elevation of 14,203 feet (4,329 m), occupies the lowest portion of the west crater below more than 100 feet (30 m) of ice and is accessible only via the caves.