Mt St Helens from Burley Mountain Lookout
Mount Rainier to the north from Burley Mountain Lookout
Mt St Helens. You can see a light cloud of steam coming from the lava dome in the left side of the photo.
Mt St Helens. Steam from the lava dome (barely visible behind the ridge) can be seen on the right side of the photo.
Fall color within a forest damaged by Mt St Helens
These trees were stripped bare or topped by the explosion of Mt St Helens in 1980.
A friendly chipmunk at the Bear Meadows viewpoint near Mt St Helens
Rich's Jeep from one of the Spirit Lake overlooks near Mt St Helens
Spirit Lake from the Windy Ridge viewpoint. I always try to remind myself that this was all forest when the mountain erupted.
Looking east towards Mt Adams from the Windy Ridge viewpoint. This area was also forested when the mountain blew.
Years later, you can still see the devestation from the 1980 eruption
Steve navigating his way through a washout from last Novembers floods on FR 26. This road is technically closed, but those with 4 wheel drive can get around/over the road damage.
Another view from FR 26. Note the new growth in the foreground and on the right side of the hillside. Yet the section to the left shows virtually no new growth. This entire area was devastated in the original eruption. Nature is reclaiming the area at a rapid pace.
On FR 26. Nothing special - I just liked the color and light.