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Moody Volcano

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 10 September 2013 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Mount Saint Helens. Daniel and I went there to shoot star trails in early August. You are looking at the north face in warm late afternoon light. This is the side of the mountain that collapsed on May 18, 1980. Besides the column of ash that rose to 80,00 feet (24,384 meters) and was carried for hundreds of miles on the wind, six square miles (15.5 square kilometers) of pumice up to 120 feet (36.6 meters) deep, was deposited north of the mountain by pyroclastic flows. You can see how water has cut channels through the deposits of the Pumice Plain.

Johnston Ridge Observatory
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

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PATRICK from miramas, France

wow wow magnifique 5****

10 Sep 2013 5:26am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Awesome, Steve:)

10 Sep 2013 5:54am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The world is full amazing places

10 Sep 2013 6:05am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful landscape ! gorgeous colors and superb warm light ! the clouds makes a beautiful crown around the summit !

10 Sep 2013 6:29am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Beautiful point of view. Great shot with nice color and light.

10 Sep 2013 6:35am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb image Steve

10 Sep 2013 6:39am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Thank you for the explanation. Very interesting view and very clear.

10 Sep 2013 6:40am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

It's a beautiful landscape. Wonderful colours and warm light.
Have a nice day.

10 Sep 2013 7:22am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Wow! Amazing composition~ 5 stars!

10 Sep 2013 8:41am

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Gorgeous view! Wonderful perspective and framing! I like a lot that "circle" of fog on top of the mountain.

10 Sep 2013 9:24am

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Just superb !

10 Sep 2013 9:36am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition and so beautiful photo !!

10 Sep 2013 10:46am

Devi from Chennai, India

Gorgeous image !! He's wearing a beautiful Cloud Crown !!!

10 Sep 2013 11:18am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Wonderful, magnificent scenery, the light is beautiful. Excellent composition, great shot.
Have a nice day.

10 Sep 2013 11:33am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, a stunning shot. Amazing light and colors!

10 Sep 2013 11:51am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I still remember this event certainly, with family not all that far away in Redmond...fortunately for them, the winds were blowing as usual...Unfortunately for oh so many otheres, they were directly in the paths of the ash and pumice and destruction. A magnificent piece, Steve...Thank you for this... DJ

10 Sep 2013 11:58am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

great landscape !

10 Sep 2013 12:04pm

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Amazing! I remember the eruption vividly. Four billion tons of rock ejected off the side of the volcano in one second. I hear it's growing again?

10 Sep 2013 12:56pm

@Stu: Yes, there are two lava domes inside the crater. One of them is 1,400 feet (427 meters) tall. Their combined volume is 50 million cubic yards (38 million cubic meters). According to what I've read, when the dome building occurs, the rock is extruded rapidly with movements up to 35 feet (10.7 meters) per day. This contrasts with other volcanos where the lava oozes out around a vent and slowly builds a new dome.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A magnificent capture Steve! 5-stars!!! Bravo! ;-)

10 Sep 2013 1:20pm

roberto from Roma, Italy

Splendid landscape. Great shot

10 Sep 2013 1:22pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This is a spectacular image of how erosion has continued to change the face of the mountain. Well done.

10 Sep 2013 2:46pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Nice color

10 Sep 2013 3:45pm

helys from Paris, France

So bright,
So beautiful landscape, combination of colors, textures of these erosion marks
Wonderful white clouds arond this volcano - Great timing!

10 Sep 2013 4:06pm

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Stunningly beautiful, these sight and composition with the clouds quite at the top and the drawings all over the surface of the volcano. Very interesting text, of course.

10 Sep 2013 5:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

This is gorgeous. I love the clouds, the ruts, and the lovely light.

10 Sep 2013 6:05pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A gorgeous capture of Mount St. Helens!! Amazing detail in the channels cut by the water and I love the low-lying clouds that envelope her summit! I remember that day very well when, within just a matter of days, her own ash was lying on our driveway in Chicagoland!!

10 Sep 2013 6:16pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The unforgiving landscape tells the story of this resting volcano.

10 Sep 2013 7:48pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

A powerful sight, love those orangey tones from the sunlight.

10 Sep 2013 9:57pm

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A wonderful composition - it's superb !!! This is an amazing shot !!

10 Sep 2013 10:17pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition! i love the cracked lines and textures leading up to the top with the clouds finishing off the scene superbly!

11 Sep 2013 1:22am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot with an excellent composition. So impressive landscape.

11 Sep 2013 2:05am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. Magnificent view. Amazing composition. Excellent. :)

11 Sep 2013 6:21am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

It's interesting to compare this image with one of Hawaii's volcanoes. The rock is a different color (unless the afternoon light is the reason for this color) and there is more growth on the slopes in Hawaii because the eruption of Mt. St. Helens is more recent.

11 Sep 2013 8:10am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great landscape !

11 Sep 2013 8:35am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Your photo shows the craggy terrain. That cloud is just perfect.

11 Sep 2013 8:43am

k@ from Paris, France

How beautifully natural, my eye rises UP too watching this.

11 Sep 2013 9:19am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Spectacular view! And very interesting features from down to the top! The eyes get busy! I like it how the top is veiled by clouds, it makes me think of Big Friend!

11 Sep 2013 11:06am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle vue grandiose panorama avec la collerette de nuages sueprbe.

11 Sep 2013 2:39pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Stunning image!

11 Sep 2013 6:31pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Wow! Simply marvelous. I love how it has cloud all around it, it looks pretty cool!

12 Sep 2013 3:55am

Nance E from Cary, United States

Fantastic! 5*+

13 Sep 2013 2:11pm

franz from Baden, Austria

brilliant image! the colours are fantastic, and the landscape is truly otherworldly !!!

18 Sep 2013 5:56pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

this volcano sure is impressive, love the colors you were able to capture in this scene.

2 Oct 2013 4:41pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Oh my, this is incredible, Steve! funny you mention that because just this week we covered the topic of volcanoes in our earth science class. I have a deep appreciation for these massive volcanoes. You're lucky to have had the opportunity to see it in person. Thanks for the link to here!

28 Oct 2013 3:33am