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The day had gone from average to completely overcast and dull. I had hoped to shoot Mt Rainier wildflowers with dramatic skies because promising thunderstorms were in the forecast. I decided to call it an early night and drive to Chinook Pass where I planned to camp.

On the way, a tiny little hole opened up in the sky and I decided it might be worthwhile to stop at this spot. Before long the clouds started tearing apart to reveal glorious sunbeams. The sun was tucked away above the clouds for quite some time until it finally made an appearance.

About that same time the wind completely died out and offered a perfect reflection of this magnificent place in Tipsoo Lake. I wasn't sure it was possible or if the flare would be so horrible the image would be completely unusable but the double sunstar came out beautifully!

NOW- the only thing standing in my way of capturing this amazing moment was millions of mosquitoes. I was wearing plenty of bug blocker but the little ninjas are incredibly persistent and even bit through my clothes. My poor wife had bites all over her back from that night and she was wearing two shirts. Neither one of us could complain having witnessed this incredible view. None the less, that's why I call the little devils ‘ninja vampires’.

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