August 4, 2009 – Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mount St. Helens, in southern Washington state. Those of you who were alive back then may remember when this thing blew, back in May, 1980. (Well, I’m not actually sure how much news coverage it received outside the US. Anybody remember?) But, before that time, it was another nicely cone-shaped volcano, similar to Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, or any one of several other Pacific Northwest mountains. Afterwards, it looked like this.

Also, as anyone who has spent any time in the woods out here in Washington, the forests are THICK. So the fact that the trees were completely obliterated for many miles around the blast zone is truly amazing. And this is more than 20 years later! There’s of course a bunch of bushes and flowers that are taking root in the fertile soil, but it’s still got a long way to go toward full recovery.

I’ve of course already posted a St. Helens picture, so in the interest of not retyping that whole post, I’ll stop there. But, a few years ago, the mountain start rumbling again, and rebuilding the lava cone in the center of the crater. It was particularly active around the time this picture was taken, and you can see the plume of gases venting from the big steaming pile of rock in the middle. Fun stuff.

I’m considering moving the Picture of the Day to be a 3-day-a-week thing, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (As opposed to now, when it’s every weekday.) Anybody have any thoughts about that? Let me know what you think in the comments below. If I don’t hear anything, I’ll consider that a ringing endorsement. Either that or I’ll consider it a sign that you lost interest a few paragraphs ago. Either way works for me.


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm lens. 1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 21mm

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