Count local photographer Don Jensen among the many around here who are happy the skies finally cleared this summer.
He took his camera out on a clear night in late July and got some incredible photos of the starry night above Mt. Rainier -- several hundred of them, in fact.
He then took the photos and made them into a time lapse video.
"It's kinda cool seeing the climbers move around on the mountain," he wrote on his Flickr page "I also wish I had been more aware of the tree shadows in the second sequence with the trees. I would have made a bigger point of showing them. It's all part of he evolution of learning."
Without further ado, here is the culmination of his hard work:
While we're on the subject, here are some other similar videos that showcase the heavens above our tallest mountain.
This one combines time lapse with a meteor shower:
In the meantime, Jensen said he is going to try and go up there again this week, so stay tuned, there could be a follow up blog!