Mt. St. Helens Area

Mt. St. Helens Area

Page Type: Album
Image Type(s): Scenery

Purpose of this album

I created this album to show the amazing ability of nature to recover, regrow, and even flourish through even the most destructive of events, such as the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption. The land has already started to regrow beautifully, although the destruction is still obvious. My goal of this album is to allow everybody's photo to be seen on the main page instead of just the pictures with the highest scores. Please attach your photos of the Mt. St. Helens area to this album, and I will attach them to their proper category.

Destroyed Landscape in the Mt. St. Helens Area

This section is for all of the land devastated by the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption.
Untouched photo
Mount St. Helens devastation area, near the NFD 94 Road approximately 5 miles east of Spirit Lake. This was coming in from Randle, WA - the road goes south over Elk Pass. Taken on Sept. 19, 1984, just two years after the area was proclaimed & made into a National Volcanic Monument. The initial ERUPTION was in May 1980, a laterial BLAST that devastated several thousand acres of land on the northeast side of Mount St. Helens. Photo by Icarreau.
Mount St. Helens
An excellent example of the regrowth of this area in only 23 years, showing nature's amazing ability to restore itself to beauty and life.
Barren Wasteland
The once-destroyed landscape between Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake, showing new plant life and signs of regrowth.
Mount St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens Evening
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Barren Wasteland

Spirit Lake

This section is for pictures of Spirit Lake, which was shaped and changed vastly in the 1980 eruption.
Spirit LakeReflection of the sunlight on Spirit Lake.

Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens

The Spirit Lake Bowl
Rainier over Spirit LakeMt. Rainier peeking over a serene Spirit Lake.
Pictures of Spirit Lake go here.

The Volcano

Actual pictures of Mount Saint Helens go here. Any minor eruption photo would be great, such as in 2004.
Smoking Mt. St. Helens
Windy Ridge in 1984
[Mt. St. Helens sending out a plume of smoke in early September of 2007.
Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens

Flora and Fauna of Mt. St. Helens

The  Tadpool
This section is for the new growth and life in the Mt. St. Helens area. Undergrowth, firs, butterflies, chipmunks, bears, etc. found in the Mt. St. Helens area go here.
Mountain s Harvest
Flowers in the Pumice

The  Tadpool
Ground Squirrel at Mt. St. Helens
Fragile Life in the Pumice
Pumice DwellerThis was a butterfly that was living in the pumice and thriving on the nectar of the many flowers of the underbrush.


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lcarreau - Dec 22, 2007 10:30 am - Voted 10/10

Nature at its most sinister!

Yes, I plan to add a couple photos. Thank you, Mark!

Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Dec 22, 2007 11:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nature at its most sinister!

Thank you! I appreciate the comment.


lcarreau - Apr 14, 2008 4:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Say, Mark ...

How are you? Have you heard the recent report on KIRO news, how
somebody on a snowmobile made it all the way to the summit rim
of Mount St. Helens, then fell down inside the crater and lived
to tell of his experience??? What are your personal thoughts on
that? Do you believe people should be riding their gas-powered
snowmobiles to the summit rim of Mt. Saint Helens? Take care!!
- Larry of AZ

Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Apr 14, 2008 5:48 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Say, Mark ...

I'm doing great! How are you? Actually, I am planning on climbing Mt. St. Helens with the Boy Scouts on May 24th! I am very excited. I personally think that the snowmobiler deserved what he got. I was in a discussion about this today! The crater rim is closed off to a reason, and he was stupid. I really don't like snowmobiles due to their huge impact on the environment, and it makes me very angry that they feel so entitled as to go where all but scientists are forbidden. In my opinion, it should not have been the job of the government to help him due to his own stupidity. Thank you very much for your comment, and have a great day!



oldandslow - Sep 5, 2010 7:14 pm - Hasn't voted


I just came across this nice album. I have some photos to contribute. If you believe that you already have enough, let me know and I will delete them.

Mark Straub

Mark Straub - Nov 10, 2010 6:46 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: More?

Definitely not! Glad to see more photos.


BBarthel - Dec 6, 2010 1:51 pm - Voted 10/10

Love it

This was a walk into a different world. We have no volcanoes in Colorado and it was a unique experience to hike into this area. Great album and thanks for the opportunity to share!

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