Sketched Dec. 3, 2014
For much of the year, clouds erase Mount Rainier from the horizon like an illusionist playing a trick on us.
Earlier this week, however, clear skies made the massive peak visible on not one but three consecutive days, and I took that as a sign that a sketch may be overdue.
Though the mountain can be seen from infinite vantage points, the view from the University of Washington campus may be among the most iconic. The broad top of the volcano drew an imposing silhouette above the Drumheller Fountain as students were rushing to class.
One might get used to this scene if it was the same every day. But that’s the beauty of Mount Rainier. The longer it hides, the more we appreciate its magical presence.
I have to thank a downtown office worker named Lori for making this other sketch possible. She replied to my tweet (“Can you see Rainier from your home or office this morning?”) and arranged a visit to her company’s offices on the fly. Rooftops and outdoor decks on some Seattle skyscrapers offer unique perspectives of Rainier that most of us never get to see, so I’m especially grateful Lori shared her magnificent view.