June 23, 2009
This is Mt. St. Helens, in southern Washington State. This is indeed the big volcano that blew up back in 1980. Since then, the area has started to recover a bit (there are little bushes and flowers growing in many spots), but as you can see, it’s got a ways to go. Hiking around there is pretty eery, because in many spots all of the blown down trees are still there. It’s pretty amazing to think that, even miles away, the force was strong enough to knock over HUGE trees, just like they were twigs. Incredible.
Outside of the immediate blast area, there’s been a bunch of trees planted (I’m pretty sure Weyerhaeuser played a big part in that) to help things get back on their feet. I’m pretty sure they essentially dropped a bunch of seeds from airplanes. Which is also kind of weird, because there are now these huge tracts of forest where ALL of the trees are EXACTLY the same size. It seems odd, although until you realize what’s going on, it’s hard to put your finger on exactly why.
Mt. St. Helens was of course in the news again a few years ago, because there was renewed activity around the crater, and the rate at which the little cone in the middle of the crater is growing increased dramatically. In fact, in some of the other pictures I took on this particular day, you can see the stream of steam and gases coming up out of the crater. Good stuff.
Mt. St. Helens is about a 4 hour drive from Seattle, so if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth the trip to check it out.
You should TOTALLY check this one out. Mt. St. Helens looks AWESOME on the satellite photo. Zoom in and look around too, they’ve got really high quality imagery for that area.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/320s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 27mm.