Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hello everyone. You probably noticed that there was no post yesterday. I was sick, as it turns out. I promise not to let that happen again, EVER. (The getting sick thing. There will PLENTY of days with no posts, because I possess a mix of both laziness and a desire to make your life more difficult.) I’m somewhat recovered today, which means that you guys get a picture today! That may not be a positive thing, but it’s too late for that now.
This is, of course, Mt. St. Helens, in southwestern Washington state. Yes, this is the volcano that exploded back in 1980. And yes, I realize that a lot of you reading this blog weren’t even alive then. As I’ve said before, it’s a fascinating place to visit, just to see the devastation that was caused. Even now, almost 30 years later, the landscape has only begun to recover. This spot in particular is pretty illustrative: there used to be thick forest right here. And when I say “thick” I’m not kidding around. Some of you have seen the forests out here in Washington (Seattle has a reputation for being rainy for a reason), and some of you haven’t, but we don’t eff around with our forests. When we decide to put a forest somewhere, that forest is going to be serious. As in, unless you cut a pathway through it, you won’t be able to walk between the trees. And now? All gone. Demolished. As if there wasn’t anything here at all. In the blast zone, bushes and such have started growing back (like these flowers) but it’s a much different landscape than it was before the explosion. Also interesting in this picture: you can see the new lava dome being formed in the crater, and you can see the jet of gases being expelled. It’s still quite active, for sure.
To switch gears a bit, I’ve hinted several times at how anal and picky I can be about my pictures. Today’s picture is a great example. I’ve had this picture for quite awhile, but I’ve never felt right posting it, there was just this one glaring flaw that made me think it wasn’t worth it. Now, finally, today, I did something about it. Normally I don’t bother with using Photoshop to touch up pictures (beyond brightness/contrast/sharpening/etc), mostly because I don’t know how. But today, I decided it was worth it. (Well, I used the Retouch feature in Picasa, not Photoshop, but it’s the same idea.) What’s that? You want to know what the one little flaw was? The flaw that made me decide this picture was essentially worthless unless it was removed? Well, why don’t you take a look for yourself, and see if you can find it. Yeah, like I said, I’m a little bit picky.
Have a great weekend out there everyone! If you live in Washington, hopefully you can make it out on the hill for some turns! I can’t, but I’d love to live vicariously through you!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 25mm.