Logs in the Lake

Posted by
Jerry (Aberdeen, United States) on 14 August 2019 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Photo: Mount Saint Helen's, Washington state, USA

I liked this location because it gave a good view of a tree stump fragmented by the tremendous force of the Pyroclastic blast of the eruption. Look at that tree stump, it was literally blasted apart. This angle also provided a good view of the lake that is partially covered with huge logs three decades later. The logs didn't simply fall into the lake, the blast pushed the water out of the lake, created a 300 foot high wave that washed up the mountain sides and then carried dead logs back into the lake with the water. The bottom of this lake is now higher then the previous surface of the lake before the eruption.

It is really difficult to imagine what took place here back in 1980. My best guess is that my beloved High school friend is probably buried at least 25 feet below the current ground level. Fifty-seven people died here on that Sunday morning, had it happened on Monday, a working day, the tragedies would have been in the hundred's.

Finally, the best garden I ever produced was the year after the eruption. The ash worked wonders for producing good crops, I wish I had saved a few buckets of the grey stuff, but at the time I hated the ash and wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible.

CASIO EX-Z50 1/250 second F/5.0 49 mm (35mm equiv.)

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

A great view ! what you say is very impressive and interesting ! I didn’t understand right away that it was a tree trunk blown up by the explosion, I thought it was a strange rock, before I read to you !

14 Aug 2019 5:48am

Catherine (Toscana) from Pornic, France

Thank you for your long and interesting explanation.
Your framing is very attractive with the part of the tree remaining there.

14 Aug 2019 7:13am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A really good image Jerry. The color is excellent and the information you provide is interesting. 5*

14 Aug 2019 10:35am

véronique cherpantier from SAUVETERRE DE GUYENNE, France

j'adore le clin d'oeil du premier plan (le tronc) au dernier (la montagne enneigée), joli cadrage

14 Aug 2019 1:34pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


14 Aug 2019 7:16pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is a super description and image of what happened that day. I have always been fascinated with everything that happened that day. I've love to visit that area someday. I did get to see it from a plane as we flew over it a few years ago.

14 Aug 2019 9:10pm

@B. Thomas: I was going to go back there this summer but haven't gotten around to it, too much to get done before winter. I'm not sure but I think a couple of the visitor centers have closed, there were 5. This area is quite amazing, now my friend is going to try and climb it, he is age 44 and had a 5 way bypass last January. He has climbed 2 smaller mountains in the last 6 weeks. He should do the trails but he wants to do the summit and actually its difficult if a person is over weight and out of shape. Hope you can come back someday so you can see this amazing area.

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice colors, nice viewpoint

15 Aug 2019 2:19am

1/250 second
49 mm (35mm equiv.)