The cotton candy-colored sunrise over Mt. Rainier from Chinook Pass

August 5, 2014, 1 p.m.
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Photo: Tony Carado/MNN Flickr Group

Mt. Rainier from Chinook Pass

Photographer Tony Carado writes, "I was on my way to Mt. Rainier National Park, and as I came over Chinook Pass just after 5 AM, I just had to stop and try to capture the colors. I was actually a little late; I had hoped to be starting my hike at this time. The very dim light was quite a challenge without a tripod, so my ISO was higher than I normally shoot landscapes. I'm not much of a landscape photographer, but I spend a lot of my time in very scenic spots in my quest to find wildlife to photograph, and so I make sure to have a landscape lens with me."

Carado's experience is a great lesson to any photographer: Be ready for anything. Even if you aren't focused on landscapes, having a lens ready to capture a gorgeous scene such as this is well worth it.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Google+, and Facebook.