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Mount St.Helens Landscape

Mount St.Helens Landscape
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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: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mount St.Helens, Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-02 0:58
Viewed: 10086
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mount St.Helens

This is a montage of 4 different pictures merged together with PhotoStitch.

Please view the Large Post (YOU NEED TO LOGGED IN TO VIEW IT). The quality of the stitch is not perfect and I did not play with the picture at all. I just want to show you how impressive the site is.

This represent a 180° view from Windy Ridge viewpoint located at about 5km from Mount St.Helens that you can view at your left.

This view is showing you the result of the massive volcanic explosion that occurs in 1980. 25 years after, traces of this cataclysm are still visible. No tree and almost no vegetation have been able to start to live again in this section that was once a dense forest. On your right, situated across the blast path of Mount St Helens, Spirit Lake is one of the enduring features of the devastation of the 1980 Mt. St Helens pyroclastic explosion. Floating listlessly over the surface of the water is a forest of destroyed trees, one of the lingering remains of the damage dealt out by the restless volcano.

There is a lot of interesting images of the volcano, that is still very active (not dangerous though for a near future explosion). Then click on each month to see month to month activity.

On May 18th, 1980, 8:32 am (PDT) an eruption was triggered by a 5.1 earthquake centered beneath the mountain.

MSH was 9,677 feet before the eruption and 8,363 feet after. 1,314 feet was removed by the May 18th eruption.

The largest landslide in recorded history swept down the mountain at speeds of 70 to 150 miles per hour and buried the North Fork of the Toutle River under an average of 150 feet of debris. Some areas are covered by as much as 600 feet. In all, approximately 23 square miles of material was removed from the mountain.

The snow on MSH that was not instantly flashed to steam by the heat, melted and formed large mudflows that destroyed 27 bridges, 200 homes, 185 miles of roadway, and 15 miles of railway.

The old lava dome rises 876 feet above the crater floor and is about 3,500 feet in diameter. there have been no dome building eruptions on this dome since October 1986. If the dome were to re-establish the growth pattern it had in the 1980's, it would take 200 years to rebuild MSH to its pre-1980 size.The new lava dome (as of Feb 1st,2005) rises 1363 feet above the 1980 crater floor and is approximately 1500 feel long and 500 feet wide. It has been nicknamed the "whaleback" because of it's distinctive shape.

7,000 big game animals, 12 million Chinook and Coho salmon, and millions of birds and small mammals are believed to have died in the eruption.

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  • Great 
  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2005-12-02 2:26]

Hi Stephan very nice view I like this photo sharp and the DOF ar excellent your note is very Interesting regards Stavros

  • Great 
  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2005-12-02 2:41]

I like it very much, I find it very difficult to bring such an impression into the picture. Wanted to do the same with my lasting posting but I think you succeeded with this work: its really a broader view. Thanks for posting Reina

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-02 3:36]

Totally awesome, Stephen.
TFS such an amazing scenery. : )

  • Great 
  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-02 4:48]

Excellent panorama Stephan!
I believe you have succeeded in showing us how impressive the site is.
Very nice!

  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-12-02 6:10]

excellent !!!!
excellent !!!!
excellent !!!!

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-02 7:09]

Fantastique endroit très agréable à regarder.

Félicitations et merci!

  • Great 
  • alexbf (61)
  • [2005-12-02 7:52]

Incroyable! le genre de photo à agrandir en poster!

Un peu plus de travail pour faire disparaître les joints entre photos en ferait un chef-d'oeuvre!


Hi Stephan,
Amazing view! The pano give a real sense of the vastness of the area.
Nice work here!

Très beau travail Stephan!

Panoramique bien réussie (malgré qu'en fouillant bien je crois avoir trouvé les jonctions, mais c'est très discret. Je n'aurais pas fait mieux.
Le sujet (le grand lac) est excellent pour ce genre de photo.
Bon travail et montres-nous en d'autres comme celle-ci.

Voilà une merveilleuse petite trouvaille dans ton stock de photo mon Steph! Une photo digne de Trekearth! ;o)

La prise de vue de ton panorama est fantastique et la netteté est vraiment impressionnante. La difficulté d'exposition des différentes portions du panorama requiert que tu prennes le temps de les corriger sous Photoshop... À mon avis, les transitions sont très marquantes mais la beauté du paysage nous les faits oublier pendant premiers instants... Je crois que cette photo en vaudrait vraiment la peine d'être retouché. Ce serait un bon apprentissage à tout le moins! ;o)


truely an amazing landscape shot. Love it, great note also.


Excellent panorama Stephan. This is a reminder that I'm seriously lacking in the landscape arena..I have this program so I've no excuses :-{ other than I don't get out much ;-)..Great notes and a wonderful job, Thank You!

Sorry, no time for decent critique, but the two points are well deserved here.
I like the photo very much.

//The landscape is amazing//

HI Stephan !!

Great panoramic shot.
Very well composed.


Hi Stephan
Great job with the panorama - I really appreciate your sharing this image since I visited the area about 6-7 years ago without a camera. It's amazing that the logs continue to float on the surface of the lake 25 years after the event. According to the rangers, every now and then one will become totally waterlogged and sink to the bottom.

Beautiful shot! The colours and composition are looking great.

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