Mt. Rainier - near Chinook Pass - 1
We saw and photographed a number of avalanche lilies the previous day in the Paradise area. None of those photos caught a perfect flower in a perfect picture. Those big floppy petals were often bent or twisted in a way that destroyed the symmetry of the flower. The petals cast shadows on each other. Strong sunlight reflected off the very white petals was sometimes too harsh. This one is as close as we got to a picture book photo. Of course, we kept looking for the perfect flower and the perfect angle and taking many photos.
In trying to ID this plant, I discovered that yellow mountain heather was also present and could have white flowers. The most promising distinction seemed to be whether the leaves were opposed or not. Not easy to figure that out on these tightly packed rows of leaves.