Tipsoo Blue Moon

Tipsoo Lake, an alpine lake in the Northern Cascade Range, was one of the locations I've had on my bucket list for a long time. The view of the mighty Mt Rainier mirrored in the lake attracts photographers from all over the world.

Wind and low clouds are your biggest enemies here at 5300 ft (1615 m) but we were rewarded with a perfectly calm morning. The dawn gave us an intense pink glow on Mt Rainier surrounded by a light mist. A setting "Blue Moon" placed perfectly in the scene was a very lucky bonus indeed. Next "Blue Moon" isn't until 2015.

I opted to do a two image blend for this shot as few clouds were around. One frame for the overall scene and one frame for the stars which I blended into the final image.

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