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Old Jul 3, 2011, 2:24 PM   #1
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took my daughter to Mt. St. Helens yesterday... she'd never been, and was interested in seeing it. i've been numerous times, of course, but it was still fun to experience the novelty of seeing it in person through her eyes. of course, i had to snap a couple of shots while we were there. not enough snow on the mountain, and there was no sunset worth shooting, but these aren't too bad for mid-afternoon light... 5D, 24-135, various settings.



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Old Jul 3, 2011, 3:20 PM   #2
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Beautiful images. Love the compositions...really walks the eye from the foreground to the peak!

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Old Jul 5, 2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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I think your descriptions are conservative. These are awesome shots!
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Old Jul 5, 2011, 5:48 PM   #4
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Great shots. I remember seeing photos after the volcano erupted with the burnt trees looking like toothpicks. Is the large gully where the lava flowed out?
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thanks, guys!

Banksy, there was no lava in this eruption. it was entirely a pyroclastic eruption, hot ash and gas. the plain in the middle distance is what's left of the material that used to be the side of the mountain, and the gully is the eroded path of the runoff from the mountain that flows down to the Toutle River, which you can't see in this image. the gas and ash, superheated to as high as 1500 degrees, moving at 300-400 mph, swept down this flank of the volcano, completely scorching and leveling everything in its path. it engulfed the ridge from which this shot was taken, and the ridge behind that as well. just for scale, the observatory where i took this shot is 5 miles from the crater...
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Old Jul 6, 2011, 6:06 PM   #6
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Wow, thanks for the info squirl. 5 miles away!
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NICE shots!
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Great shots squirl033, colors and lighting on #2 almost make it look like a painting.

I have a piece of that carved into a totem pole
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Really like the comp on the first one, nice work!
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