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Edge of the Blast Zone

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 13 August 2019 in Landscape & Rural.

On the way to Mount Saint Helens, I noticed a sign that announced a bridge overlook. I pulled off to take a look. There was an information board explaining that this spot is at the western edge of the blast zone created when the mountain exploded on May 18, 1980. Even though we are 14.8 miles (23.8 kilometers) from the crater, the pyroclastic flows were still hot enough to kill every tree here although some were left standing. The Weyerhaeuser Company, a major land owner, launched a massive salvage and reforestation effort soon after the eruption. I could see no indication of the devastation visited on this place 39 years ago.

Hike the Harry's Ridge Trail
Mount Saint Helens Volcanic National Monument
Washington State, USA

rem_la from Villiers, France

un bien belle ouvrage

13 Aug 2019 5:15am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is very stunning view

13 Aug 2019 5:22am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Un bel endroit que ce pont sur le pont pour réaliser ce cadrage.
Bonne journée Steve

13 Aug 2019 5:23am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

This works!

13 Aug 2019 7:37am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Un ouvrage peu commun

13 Aug 2019 7:54am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A very immressive bridge ! Well framed and composed !

13 Aug 2019 8:42am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful framing with a nice angle. Excellent!

13 Aug 2019 9:14am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Impressive architecture.

13 Aug 2019 9:16am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really gorgeous !

13 Aug 2019 9:33am

Devi from Chennai, India

what a gorgeous view !
And thank you for the detailed note !

13 Aug 2019 9:57am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very interesting area, but great to hear about the restoration work after the explosion. A superb image Steve. 5*

13 Aug 2019 10:23am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo

13 Aug 2019 10:59am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A beautiful photo and composition.
A interesting story about this photo.

13 Aug 2019 11:27am

Rose from United States

That is amazing...first that it reached that far, and secondly, that you could see no signs of the damage.

13 Aug 2019 11:35am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a great view captured here with a great historical background!! Kudos to the company that headed the reforestation efforts! I can still remember when we had ash falling on our driveway in Chicagoland. At such a young age, I was amazed it traveled so far.

13 Aug 2019 11:57am

véronique cherpantier from SAUVETERRE DE GUYENNE, France

beau contraste de ce pont avec la nature environnante qui semble intacte

13 Aug 2019 12:16pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

This is a great view, fully worth a stop there.

13 Aug 2019 12:37pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

YOur point of view is superb!

13 Aug 2019 2:07pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

wow, such a vast expanse

13 Aug 2019 3:19pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! Impressive as the vegetation took over all the place and even more for you probably having visited it long ago...

13 Aug 2019 3:43pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb framing and capture!

13 Aug 2019 4:30pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It’s a great looking shot of that bridge, It’s a history was very interesting.

13 Aug 2019 7:06pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


13 Aug 2019 8:09pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A beautiful view. It certainly looks like it was untouched by all of the devastation from the blast. It is hard to believe that this happened that many years ago.

13 Aug 2019 9:43pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It's hard to believe that was so long ago. The trees really leave no sign of what happened.

14 Aug 2019 2:29am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran


14 Aug 2019 3:30pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


14 Aug 2019 10:02pm

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Great view. Wonderful.

18 Aug 2019 4:43am