February 2, 2011 – Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Today’s shot is a view of Mt. St. Helens, in southwestern Washington state. Specifically, this is the lava cone that’s rebuilding itself inside the big crater. To refresh everyone’s memory, Mt. St. Helens blew itself up quite spectacularly back in 1980, obliterating a large amount of the surrounding forest along with it. The 31 years since have provided a fascinating study into how the landscape is recovering. Including, as I mentioned, the lava cone rebuilding itself inside the crater. This isn’t actually THAT recent of a picture though, it was taken the last time I was down there, which was in the summer of 2007 I think. Presumably it doesn’t look drastically different now, almost 4 years later, but I really can’t say for sure either way.

This was taken using a cheap 70-300mm telephoto lens, way at the 300mm end of the spectrum. We were hiking around from the Johnston Ridge observatory, which is across a big valley from the peak itself. Yes, it took some post-processing to remove haze, since this was taken right during the middle of the day, and the subject was very very far away. And that totally rhymes, just sayin.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/500s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 300mm.

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