J. W. Donley

Writer, Photographer, Programmer

Tag: volcano

Joe’s Photo of the Week – Mt Baker Appreciation

Today I bring you sad sad news. Last week the last 2 miles up to Artist Point have been shut down until the snow thaws next year.

But, to cheer us all up, this week’s photo isn’t just one photo; it’s a collection of photos of Bellingham’s favorite volcano!

Mt. Baker!

PNW Photo of the Week – Mount St Helens

Mount Saint Helens, the volcano which erupted in 1980

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

PNW Photo of the Week – Mount Baker

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

My PNW Photo of the Week – July 3, 2017

It is time for my second entry to my Pacific North West photo of the week!

I call this one Mt Baker from the San Juan Islands.

This week I am sharing a shot from a recent boat outing to the San Juan Islands. We were heading west between a couple of the islands and directly behind the boat was this amazing view of Mt. Baker. I loved how the waves behind the boat led my eye up to the mountain.

I hope you like the shot as well.

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