Saturday, July 5, 2008

Photo Hunt--Theme: Pointed

TnChick sets the theme for us each week for the Saturday Photo Hunt. You can visit her to find out more and to find more PhotoHunters.


Along Highway 12 between Morton and Mossyrock we have often passed a sign that indicates a Mt. St. Helens viewpoint up the hill. This time we decided to check it out.
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This arrow pointed to the mountain, which lost a bit over a thousand feet of itself on May 18, 1980.
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(Other than a small bulletin board with a bit of information and a couple of porta-potties, this was pretty much all there was to the viewpoint.)

There are several points around the state where Mt. St. Helens can be viewed from different angles. This is the somewhat disappointing view from this particular viewpoint.

I don't know if this viewpoint was there before the 1980 eruption. If it was, the view would have included the portion of the mountain roughly outlined below.
No kidding! The mountain at that time was itself quite a bit more pointed.
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You can see pictures of Mt. St. Helens both before and after at
"The Many
Faces of Mt. St. Helens" website or by doing a search of your own. The story of the eruption is quite fascinating.

28 comments:

Aileni said...

You make a very powerful Point illustrating just how powerful Mother Earth is. Makes you wonder at the ones that believe we can control nature.

Blue said...

Now that was fascinating!
I love the way your posts cover your local area.
I've joined Photo Hunters for the first time today, so delighted to find some famililar faces there.

Best wishes
Blue

bingskee said...

it's lovely to look at such beauties but when they're angry, you surely will forget all of their beauty.

Sarge Charlie said...

excellent post, informative and to the point.

Carver said...

Those are great shots for the theme. Happy weekend.

Mrs. Mecomber said...

Beautiful photo. I love to learn about new places. :) I did Photo Hunt today, too! Come see mine and put your link up. :)
http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-pointed/

Daryl said...

Wonderful pix.. and interesting facts

:-Daryl

Sandy M said...

Very creative idea for the theme. Great shots. Have a good weekend!

Eaglehawk said...

great shots.

JC said...

Excellent post! I remember when that happened... was quite the event. Interesting before and after... never gave much thought to the actual change in the mountain. Well done!

kaycee said...

great collection for this week's theme.
happy photo hunting & a lovely weekend to you =)

marcia said...

Oh I get the Point :)

June said...

How fascinating to have this illustrated...thanks!

Expat Traveler said...

I love the history behind this mtn for sure! What a great find with the arrow... And I love the website you linked to also.

Jennifer in OR said...

My husband was about 9 years old living in Florence, Oregon when Mt. St. Helen's erupted. He still remembers the day, and the ash that reached even there!

diXymiss said...

Great pointed piX! The landscape certainly was altered when the old girl blew... I remember it well! Happy hunting.

B. Roan said...

Good Point. I'm not playing this one, but find it intriguing.

Greyscale Territory said...

This was so interesting. St Helens' story is certainly a huge warning that humanity should not mess with Nature. She has the real power. We only think we have.

jams o donnell said...

It's astonishing to think how destructive the Mount St Helen's explosion. It demonstrates the the terrifying power of the earth. And yet it's by now means the most destructive that the planet has to offer.

Great post. Have a wonderful weekend

SnoopyTheGoon said...

A great and educational post, I hope that Mt. St. Helens keeps quiet for as long as possible. Thanks for dropping by.

Dragonstar said...

Did you get to see any of the eruption? Must have been spectacular. Good post.

leslie said...

I remember when the mountain exploded! We could hear it all the way to Vancouver - I didn't, because I was busy trying to give birth to daughter #2! Great post!

archiearchive said...

That is a big point to lose! All our mountains in Oz are smaller than that - and don't smoke :)

starnitesky said...

Fascinating post for pointed!

Teena in Toronto said...

Nice take on the theme :)

I played too :)

Gypsy at heart said...

I always loved driving to / from Washington to / from California and seeing Mt St Helen's and Mt Rainier as we drove along. Fortunately, we had several opportunities since either, or both, were frequently behind the clouds.

Paulie said...

Interesting point! I went to see Mt. St Helen's abut 4 years ago. A friend drove me to see it since I lived in Idaho when it erupted. I was impressed how much it had "come back" since then but there were still plenty of reminders of the damage too.

Inland Empire Girl said...

great pointed picture! I will never forget the day Mt. St. Helens erupted... I was stranded in Pullman for too many days!! I was only visiting for the week-end and teaching in Idaho.