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September 11, 2012


Mount St. Helens

by Jim

Mt. St. HelensThis is Mount St. Helens, in Washington state. A cylindrical panorama, taken spur of the moment while our family was visiting in August of 2005.

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I was recently reminded of visiting Mount St. Helens some years ago, and with that remembered this picture. I was just getting started in VR photography, and didn’t have any gear with me. In fact, this was pre-DSLR, so it was taken free-hand with a point-and-shoot camera. Even so, it didn’t come out so bad, even if only a cylindrical shot.

I remember when visiting down below, we listened to a presentation by the ranger while standing outside admiring the view. As he talked about the fact that there was no real danger anymore, a large plume of smoke suddenly appeared in the crater. He stopped in mid-sentence and stared intently at the crater. I remember thinking “So… should we sprint for the building?”. After a few moments, he resumed talking and explained that most likely a large landfall had caused an ash “avalanche” in the crater. When we went in later, the seismographs showed that a small tremor had occurred, probably causing the slide. What fun!

We’d like to go back there some day, it’s one of those places definitely worth more than one visit. There are multiple visitor centers, and some of the viewpoints along the drive to the volcano really highlight the extent of damage.

It’s really amazing to see how much the landscape was changed in just a few moments. The power displayed here is reminiscent of the psalmist’s picture: “The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.” Just to think of such a Presence incarnating as a lowly man, blows my mind. Not only becoming human, but identifying with our pain and struggles even to the point of dying. Then defeating death, going through that whole process out of love for us, is both humbling and awe-inspiring.

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  1. Jeanne Gragg
    Sep 12 2012

    Nice view Jim. Wow! We were just there last week, on September 5, 2012. Growth is slowly coming back. we stood right where you were, and enjoyed the same view. Your work is incredible! I too will go back again to visit this spectacular place.

  2. Sep 14 2012

    Thanks for the nice comments, Jeanne. It definitely is one of those places you can visit over and over.

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