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.
49 mm (35mm equiv.)