15.000 x 11.000 inches
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Mt. Rainier Landscape
Painting - Watercolor
Mt. RAINIER Washington State United States
Dome of the Monarch
Millions of years of sculpting by nature�s tools have hewn the dome of the Monarch so that no two viewpoints will reveal any resemblance of character.
The Cascade Range
The Cascade Range is the heart and backbone of the Pacific Northwest. Located in the state of Washington, Oregon, extending into the province of British Columbia to the north and into the state of California to the south. Beautiful sloping and forested foothills and lush green valleys extend up into the rugged crests dominated by glacier covered volcanic mountains, creating a scenic paradise. A range of mountains that dominates the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada along the coast.
Thousands of streams flow down from this vast mountain range. Many of the larger rivers are slowed on their course to create hydroelectric power.
The United States Forest Service is guardian of most of the range. More than 1,700 square miles are preserved as national parks. A small segment of the land is privately owned or administered by the Bureau of Land Management. Indian reservations extend into other fragments of the range.
The National Forests are managed under a policy of multiple-use, which permits the harvesting of timber, management of grazing privileges, creation of camping facilities, hiking trails and a vast network of roads. Winter and summer resorts have been developed. Conceivably the most important service of all is fire protection.
Within this vast heritage of natural beauty are many wilderness and primitive areas � hundreds of thousands of acres penetrated only by trails and protected against all forms of commercial encroachment except mining developments.
The Cascade Range soaring peaks creates a barrier over which only the most severe storms from the Pacific can lift their loads of moisture to reach the simi-arid regions of Eastern Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Upon reaching the mountains, the storms are forced to leave behind an abundance of moisture along the west slopes of the range, which accounts for the dense forests and lush undergrowth common to that area. In the winter, storms are more general and persistent in their incursion of the Northwest Coast. The higher slopes and crests of the range accumulate an extremely deep blanket of snow, and more moisture escapes over the mountains during the winter months than in the summer.
The Cascade Mountain Range was (and sometimes currently remains) a major barrier faced by the pioneers and present day residents. Today, many easy-grade highways cross relatively low-elevation passes. In most cases, the passes are kept open year round by fleets of giant rotary snow plows despite deep winter snow falls on the high passes.Pacific Northwest Coast
January 15th, 2012
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