Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Photo of the day: Yakama Park
Could there be a more beautiful setting for a National Park visitor center and day lodge? The day lodge is the one pictured here; the visitor center is hidden in the trees to the right. In the background is the Cowlitz Chimneys, marching down the east slope of Mount Rainier, off-camera to the right. The foreground meadow is filled with the lupines and other wildflowers that bloom profusely here during the short months of summer. The only thing that mars the landscape is the swath of parking lot in the middle of the frame.
Legend says that this is the place where Yakama Indians gathered in the summer to race horses, on the flat, bench-like terrain above the White River Canyon. If that's true, human horsepower has long been part of the natural landscape here... though in a very different way today than of old.
Here's a shot of the visitor center, taken a few minutes after the two images above, as a volunteer takes down the American flag at the end of the day.