Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

Mount Rainer

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're very proud of our mountains: those formidable snow-capped volcanoes that preside over every horizon. They give us a sense of place, connect us with the land we call home, dazzle our eyes on clear days, provide recreational and restorative opportunities, and I'm sure I'm not the only Puget Sound area resident who has used them like a compass to orient myself... Mount Baker in the north, the Cascades in the east, Mount Rainier in the south, and the Olympics in the west.

As you may have guessed from previous Nature Nerd Wednesdays, I'm a fan of time-lapse nature videos. However, it has been frustratingly difficult to find many time-lapse films of our Pacific Northwest mountains (Okay, photographers, time to get on that! ...Or point me to the secret hoard of films that I'm somehow missing). For this reason, I was excited to find the film below featuring our lovely Mount Baker in all its frozen white beauty. Be sure to enlarge the film to full screen, and enjoy a magnificent nature break!

I just love the dynamics of the movement in this film, how the stars overhead are retreating while the clouds are racing toward you, and stationary in the midst of the chaos is the imposing, stoic, glacier-covered form of Mount Baker. Kudos to photographer Donald Jensen for capturing and celebrating our Pacific Northwest mountains in such a stunning way.

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