Monday, May 3, 2010
Hey everyone! Looking back at last week’s entries, it was apparently “orange” week. That wasn’t intentional at all, but it really does look like I planned it out. Weird. I haven’t yet decided what this week’s theme won’t be, so we’ll find out as it develops I suppose.
There’s a couple big events coming up here in the next couple of weeks. The first one is of course the one year anniversary of the first post on this blog. (Which is somewhat interesting, because at the time, “this blog” didn’t exist per se, it was sort of an afterthought after my cousin Deanne pointed out that I should make a fan page on Facebook. I didn’t know what I should put on it, so I grabbed a random picture that I normally wouldn’t post online, and wrote some stuff about it. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I actually sat down and got my hands on some blog software and started hosting it myself. I’m not sure why I’m going into all this detail here, I’m totally stealing my own thunder for my 1 year anniversary post. Garr, I’m such an a-hole.
Back to what I was saying though: there are TWO big things to commemorate this month. That one, and also the 30 year anniversary of the explosion of Mt. St. Helens. And, it just so happens that both of them fall on the same day! Wow! One of them will be remembered as a momentous event that had a permanent and lasting effect on the topology of the planet, and the other one was an effing volcanic explosion. I’m not quite sure how my blog will live up to that kind of hype, I’m still working it out. But you’ll see, it’ll be huge.
I haven’t been back to Mt. St. Helens in awhile, and I want to make it back this year. I almost certainly won’t make it back in time to post any newer pics here before the actual event (although maybe I should use that as an excuse to encourage a field trip), but I’ll try to post at least a couple Mt. St. Helens pics here this month from several years ago when I was last there. Starting with today. As you can see, in the 30 years since the event (well, 26 years at the time this pic was taken), the area hasn’t yet begun to resemble the way it looked on May 17, 1980. It’s actually not quite as desolate as this picture makes it look, there are a fair number of scrubby bushes and stuff growing around, but by and large it’s still a huge area of remarkable devastation. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Canon 18-55mm kit lens. 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 55mm.