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Mount St. Helens Survivor...


Mount St. Helens Survivor...
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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-29
Categories: Trees, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mount St.Helens [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-01 0:37
Viewed: 5101
Points: 8
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Mount St.Helens

This standing still tree trunk is among the first sign of the destruction caused by the volcanic eruption of Mount St.Helens that happens 25 years ago. This tree is located more than 10km from the volcano. If you look at the map the tree is located just after the Mount St.Helens National Volcanic Monument on the 99 en route to Windy Ridge.

The last picture I've post shows the total destruction at about 3km from the observation point called Windy Ridge, which means about 10km from the volcano.


Mount St.Helens is an active stratovolcano in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is located 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle and 53 miles (85 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon. The mountain is part of the Cascade Range and was initially known as Louwala-Clough which means "smoking or fire mountain" in the language of the Klickitats. It was named for British diplomat Lord St Helens who was a friend of George Vancouver, an explorer who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. It is the only active volcano in the Continental United States.

It is most famous for the catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980. That eruption was the most deadly and economically destructive volcanic eruption in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed and 200 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways and 185 miles (300 km) of highway were destroyed. The eruption caused a massive debris avalanche, reducing its summit from 9,677 feet (2,950 m) to 8,364 feet (2,550 m) in elevation and replacing it with a mile-wide (1.5 km-wide) horseshoe-shaped crater. The debris avalanche from the 1980 eruption was up to 2.3 cubic kilometers (0.7 cubic miles)in volume, making it the largest in recorded history.

The eruption was preceded by a two-month-long series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the mountain which created a huge bulge and a fracture system on Mount St. Helens' north slope. An earthquake at 8:32 AM on May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away, suddenly exposing the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure.

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Beautiful landscape. Composition with foreground dead trees and background beautiful panorama is very interesting. I also like that one tree is from bottom to top. Color balance is good and natural.

Hi Stephan,
A stunning landscape shot. I have always liked landscapes in a portrait style if they are done right. This one is done right! Excellent use of the dead tree in the forground. The colors, sharpness, and DOF look perfect to me. I can just picture a raptor sitting there watching for a meal. Great Note, Great job!
Scott

Very nice landscape!
Excellent composition, great exposure,
very good colours and nice frame.
TFS!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-01 11:37]

Hello Stephan,
Very nice landscape.The colours fits together and make your picture of unique beauty! TFS

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