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Blast Zone

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 12 September 2013 in Landscape & Rural.

A view a bit further north and east of the mountain but well within the 230 square mile (596 square kilometer) blast zone. If you look carefully at the distant hillside, you'll see the bleached gray remains of the mighty trees that were knocked down by the blast and subsequent pyroclastic flows 33 years ago.

I was able to drive around the area some months after the eruption and remember it as a very lunar looking landscape. Even then, you could find pockets of trees that were protected by rock outcrops that deflected the blast and searing gases. Plant and animal life have been reclaiming the area ever since.

Johnston Ridge Observatory
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Beginning life in that area is like a wound-healing. New life cover old tracks. A fantastic view.

12 Sep 2013 5:31am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow magnifique 5*****

12 Sep 2013 5:43am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful image showing how the soft side of nature reclaims what the terrifying power attacks

12 Sep 2013 6:04am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Attractive colors and composition, beautifully lighted.

12 Sep 2013 6:47am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A powerful illustration of a 'living landscape' - Nature is so good at recovery !

12 Sep 2013 7:50am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Excellent landscape

12 Sep 2013 9:12am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe paysage!! amitiés

12 Sep 2013 9:13am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent landscape. Shadows of clouds are making an impressive image. Superb shot.

12 Sep 2013 10:02am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Fantastic, incredible the forces of nature:)

12 Sep 2013 10:16am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful !!

12 Sep 2013 11:51am

Devi from Chennai, India

Fantastic composition...amazing narration Steve !!! LOve this:)

12 Sep 2013 12:33pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Yes, it definitely was a momentous event when it erupted! Nicely captured Steve! ;-)

12 Sep 2013 1:19pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

This is very interesting !! known as "nuée ardente" en French.....never heard of this before. ......I'm so ignorant :-(

12 Sep 2013 2:33pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

well captured

12 Sep 2013 2:43pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Amazingly beautiful landscape with help from the clouds

12 Sep 2013 2:46pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot for showing us the present day look of the destroyed area.

12 Sep 2013 2:47pm

helys from Paris, France

So wonderful landscape, lighting and shadows

12 Sep 2013 4:09pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

So hard to believe it was 33 years ago...Awesome piece here, Steve..

12 Sep 2013 4:31pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel ciel et rendu sur la montagne quelle compo et image sueprbe

12 Sep 2013 4:36pm

Kiki from Ambert, Auvergne, France

The nature is beautiful but terrible also in its angers. Magnificent landscape and colors saturated under hot breakthroughs of lights !

12 Sep 2013 4:48pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A beautiful view - the sky is lovely - the rugged landscape is wonderful.

12 Sep 2013 5:12pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful landscape. Great shot. :)

12 Sep 2013 5:47pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Albeit slowly, it's impressive to see how nature recovers from an event of this magnitude ... Excellent photo of this beautiful landscape !!! The colors and light are wonderful ...

12 Sep 2013 5:50pm

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Très belle lumière Steve

12 Sep 2013 5:50pm

Coul&Tradi from Lille, France

A beautiful landscape, a beautiful definition and variety of colors

12 Sep 2013 5:57pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Thank you for pointing out some of what remains from the blast. It's amazing to see how much has been reclaimed already. A beautiful vista that you've captured, filled with great detail, textures, warm light and clouds that have nice dimension to them!!

12 Sep 2013 6:21pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The clouds and the shadows add more drama to the otherwise imposing landscape.

12 Sep 2013 7:50pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

It is a stunning view and the dark cloud closing in adds real drama.

12 Sep 2013 9:00pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture

13 Sep 2013 2:02am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful landscape! excellent sharpness and clarity with superb exposure as well!

13 Sep 2013 2:20am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Oh my, that is quite beautiful, Steve. Especially the layers and textures.

13 Sep 2013 3:45am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Amazing. The light and color in this composition is awesome.

13 Sep 2013 4:51am

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Great scenery and great sky. I like the warm light and the contrast with the sky.

13 Sep 2013 7:21am

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

A beautiful landscape, the light and the colors are beautiful. Excellent framing.

13 Sep 2013 8:07am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Good use of fore- mid- and back-ground in this image. Good sense of depth throughout the image.

13 Sep 2013 8:35am

Nance E from Cary, United States

Wow! So gorgeous!

13 Sep 2013 1:57pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

superbe cette lumière

13 Sep 2013 2:05pm

Hossein Saharnaz from Ahvaz, Iran

stunning work

13 Sep 2013 7:59pm

franz from Baden, Austria

amazing to see how vegetation is claiming the mountain again, at least in places. when i was there in 1989, things were much more barren ...

18 Sep 2013 5:57pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

such a beautiful landscape, well done!

2 Oct 2013 4:41pm