Sunday, July 23, 2006

Mt. Saint Helens

These pictures aren't really in any particular order, but all taken on Sunday in the same couple of hours timeframe. I tried to put them back in order, but the battery on my computer is getting low, and I'm too sunburnt to mess around with these files anymore.

The mountain is really a volcano, and was active when we were there. Mt. St. Helens mostly sent up harmless plumes of steam and ash, but we were secretly hoping for an earthquake or a little magma activity.

Here's the path of destruction caused by the mud/ash/pyroclastic flow from the May 18th, 1980 eruption, the first looking west, and the second picture looking east.

Mountain flowers.

Prior to the May 18th, 1980 eruption, the areas depicted were heavily forested mountain areas. The force of the eruption was so great, several stumps that had the trees ripped from them lay dotted along the alien desert landscape. The trees lay as if a giant littered debris.

Tree's eye view of Mt. Saint Helens

More mountain flowers. These were pretty high up, at least at the 5000 ft elevation. There were many many hummingbirds around, but they were too quick to photograph. They seemed annoyed that we were hiking through their domain; the path cut through the side of a nearby steep mountainside.

Smouldering Mountain pictures...I really enjoyed visiting the North side of Mt. Saint Helens because the blast zone looked like an alien landscape, something from the surface of Mars (of course if they had oxyagen in their atmosphere and water in their environment).

The precarious trail barely carved into the mountainside.

More of the scary trail...

Spirit Lake, and Mt. Adams in the distance

More knarled trees. Amazing even this much survived the blast in 1980.

The trunk on the tree closes had a spiral twisted wood grain. Amazing!

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