From Alki Beach to the Space Needle to Pike’s Place, Seattle has its fair share of iconic locations. Sleepless in Seattle, anyone? A city notorious for rain and cloud cover, summertime can mean sunshine – when wildfires aren’t raging. Many of the photos in this gallery were taken in August 2017, when unprecedented levels of smoke blanketed the Pacific Northwest, from Portland up to British Columbia.
Mount Rainier National Park feels worlds away from downtown Seattle, even though the park is a mere two hours from the city by car. During the summer, wildflowers proliferate and dowse the park’s iconic meadows in brilliant shades of lavender, yellow, and orange – I visited in August and was fortunate enough to catch the flowers at their peak. Despite the warm temperatures – eighty-one degrees on the day I visited – Mount Rainier is covered in snow year-round.