Coffin Mountain is located a few miles north of the junction of U.S. Routes 20 and 22, near milepost 69 on route 22.
The image was created in the late afternoon. Great care had to be taken not to blow the bear grass highlights. Because of the sun's low position and wide-angle lens, it was difficult to eliminate the photographer's and gear's incursion into the image.
I was looking forward to a nice hike and wildflower session in the Cascades and had heard that this year's bear grass and rhododendron blooms were spectacular. Still, I wasn't prepared for the magnificent sites that greeted me. This was the most magnificent bear grass bloom I've ever seen. Having been to Coffin Mountain before, I had previsualized both the trip (a short, fairly steep hike through lush undergrowth) and the images I wanted to captureâ€”particularly Mt. Jefferson framed with bear grass. I brought a minimum of gear and spent quite a bit of time maneuvering to create a number of impactful compositions.