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PNW Photo of the Week – Mount St Helens

PNW Photo of the Week – Mount St Helens

Last week I shared an image of the local volcano. Mount Baker stands to the east of Bellingham, and can be seen on clear days between the trees. It is a very large and beautiful mountain.

But there is another volcano to the south. One that erupted very recently, well, recent in geologic terms.

I am talking about Mount St. Helens. Recently, the family and I took a trip down to Astoria, OR for our 13th wedding anniversary. On the way back home we took a little side trip to see this giant.

It’s hard to summarize this amazing landscape. Even the picture does not do the real thing justice. Truly, if at all possible, you must go and see this wonder yourself.

It is an experience standing in, what was, the blast zone and seeing the never ending fields of new life. Streams cut deep gashes across the land and flowers are everywhere.

Approaching the viewpoint you drive through forest covered mountains. But as you arrive, the trees disappear. They were all incinerated and/or blow down by the eruption in 1980.

This national monument is reminder of the awesome power beneath our feet, moving continents, creating mountain ranges and islands, and causing destruction.

I give you:

Mount St. Helens

Mount Saint Helens, the volcano which erupted in 1980

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PNW Photo of the Week – Mount Baker

PNW Photo of the Week – Mount Baker

Yay! It’s time for another Pacific North West Photo of the Week!

I’m excited. How about you?

I hope you’ve been liking the black and white photos, because this week, I have one more for you.

This week I bring you…

Mount Baker

I shoot digital, so all of my images are initially in color. This gives me the choice at processing time:

Does this work better as a color or black and white image?

Most of the time I end up going with color. I do love color photography. But sometimes the color in an image does not add anything to it.

In this case there were greens in the foreground trees and very muted early sunset colors painting the western slope. But the true star of this photo is the volcano; the sharp jut of stone and ice hoisting through the clouds.

I felt the contrast of the fluffy clouds, smooth white glaciers and snow fields, and ultra dark stone and trees told more of a story.

I hope you like this week’s image, and I promise next week’s shot will be in color.

Mount Baker

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PNW Photo of the Week – Misty Mountains

PNW Photo of the Week – Misty Mountains

It’s time for yet another Pacific North West Photo of the Week! I hope you’re as excited as I am. This image came out amazing. I call it┬áMisty Mountains in the Distance with San Juan Islands and Sail Boat.

The Background

This is another shot I took out on the whale watching tour with the family. We were heading west between the San Juan Islands to Friday Harbor. While out and about stretching our legs I noticed a portion of landscape that just screamed “Bob Ross painting”. Doesn’t this image just look like something Bob Ross would paint? Look at all of those happy trees. And the bottom edges of the mountains seem to be painted over with a cloudy mist.

I did crop it down quite a bit, but I think the ultra compressed verticle dimension adds to the image. Your eye starts on the left and the bit of land points you across the bottom of the misty mountains and too the lone sailboat on the right.

Misty Mountains in the Distance with San Juan Islands and Sail B

Let me know what you think of this one down in the comments. Also, I would love to hear your suggestions on the type of images you would like to see on here.

Also, be sure to check out past entries for PNW Photo of the Week.

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