Mount Rainier National Park
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The early morning hours of late July begins to bring the Milky Way into alignment with Mt. Rainier from a vantage point along the Silver Forest Trail on the Sunrise plateau of Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state.  A mid-summers new moon and clear skies were the only occasion necessary to spend a peaceful night out alone for some astrophotography composing the Milky Way with Mt. Rainier before the Pacific Northwest weather changed its mind.  The stillness at 2am was only broken by the sound of the rushing White River far below in the Glacier Basin as I composed and captured this image. I did have the company of climbers traversing the mountain most of the early hours which you can find in the image making their way to the mountain summit with a constant chain of lights. 

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