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Just Above the Sunrise Visitor Center

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 22 October 2018 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A seven frame panorama. A larger version is here.

It's beautiful but is considered one of the world's most dangerous volcanos. Due to its large volume of glacial ice, even a relatively small eruption could create huge lahars that would threaten the valleys around the mountain. I recently saw an article discussing this potential.

Past lahars have filled the valleys in question to 400 feet (122 meters). Three of the four valleys most likely to be affected in the future have dams that might be able to contain or slow the mud flows if there is sufficient warning to allow water levels behind them to be drawn down. However, the Puyallup Valley, home to 80,000 people, has no dams and no probability of one being built.

A major disaster might result if the mountain erupts. It's tiny compared to the result if the super volcano, under Yellowstone National Park, ever erupts. That one could end human life on earth. It erupts about every 600,000 years and it's been about that long since its last eruption. Have a nice day. ;-)

Sunrise from Sunrise
Mount Rainier National Park
Washington State, USA

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Handsome landscape. Thanks for the interesting explanation and good day for You.

22 Oct 2018 5:11am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

stunning image wonderfully composed ! 5*

22 Oct 2018 5:26am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful landscape.

22 Oct 2018 5:38am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany


22 Oct 2018 6:02am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Un paysage de toute beauté maquillé par un superbe ciel.
Bonne journée Steve

22 Oct 2018 6:03am

Anne from France

Very beautiful!

22 Oct 2018 6:31am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Quelle belle prise

22 Oct 2018 6:58am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A magnificent landscape ! I didn't know this dangerous volcano ! Thanks for the explanation ! Hope that it remains asleep for a while ;-)

22 Oct 2018 7:17am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful landscape, superb framing!

22 Oct 2018 7:53am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Superb in the bigger frame !!!!

22 Oct 2018 8:18am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A stunning landscape. Superb image Steve. 5*

22 Oct 2018 9:55am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful composition ! It doesn't seem so dangerous ...

22 Oct 2018 10:32am

Hiro from Mukoh Kyoto-pref., Japan

Amazing view ! I envy you.

22 Oct 2018 11:44am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow!! What a dynamic sky to accompany this stately Mount! I am impressed by the seven-shot panoramic. The larger version really reveals great detail!

22 Oct 2018 11:51am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un superbe paysage

22 Oct 2018 12:09pm

willy from Belgium

quel beau paysage Steve

une très belle prise


22 Oct 2018 12:29pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What an excellent mountain view

22 Oct 2018 12:31pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A pleasant picture coupled with a disturbing discussion.

22 Oct 2018 1:10pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

That blue sky is compelling!

22 Oct 2018 1:57pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely scene. We are thinking about going to Seattle for a few days in April. You are reminding me that I should plan on a visit to Mount Rainier.

22 Oct 2018 2:21pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle recherche

22 Oct 2018 3:46pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel ciel et nuage ce bleu clair cette montagne superbe
Belle soirée

22 Oct 2018 6:28pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

The mountains are magnificent with the clouds and blue sky! Impressive landscape!

22 Oct 2018 9:26pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A gorgeous image! I love how the clouds cling to the mountain. This is just beautiful! I have read about both Mt. Rainier and the Yellowstone volcanoes. It is scary to think what a horrendous disaster it would be if either one of them would erupt. Unfortunately it is probably just a matter of time. 5*

22 Oct 2018 11:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Some of the most beautiful places on this planet are in danger zones such as this... that said, what a stupendous image here. Breathtaking scenery and very well presented.

23 Oct 2018 12:03am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so majestic

23 Oct 2018 12:06am

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent. Beautiful image. Excellent presentation. :)

23 Oct 2018 4:40am

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Thats a wonderful landscape!

23 Oct 2018 3:27pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Still beautiful

24 Oct 2018 3:12am