Mt. St. Helens

See page middle for Eruption 2004-2005 link!

 

Please enjoy this award-winning view into the 1988 summit caldera and out at the blasted remains of Spirit Lake, with Mt. Rainier in the distance .. Please click the image to view a larger size version of "Smoking Crater," and also see a pre-eruption picture of St. Helens from near Mt. Hood.


A Tribute to My Friend, Bruce Faddis, Claimed by the Eruption

May 18, 1980

This photographer has an uneasy connection to this notorious Volcanic Peak.. One of his best friends was lost during the mountain's 1980 explosion. That young man's first name was also Bruce......... He, the green Subaru he was driving, and his Martin Guitar were last seen hiking upward during the afternoon of May 17th a few miles above Weyerhauser's logging camp called Camp Baker, on the North Fork of the Toutle River (the Mountain's west side)..He had told friends that his plan was to get acquainted with the 83 year old Mr. Harry Truman at Spirit Lake... Neil Young was Bruce's favorite musician. Follow this link to a listing of all the known Eruption Victims.

The classic song commemorating Harry Truman was by RW Stone; if you click the YouTube picture below you can listen to it and an interesting mini-documentary of the man and his beloved Mountain. The picture of the peak shows it as it stood Pre-eruption: Mt St. Helens, 9,677 ft.

The Dogshead-- pre-eruption

In an additional irony, both Bruces might have been taken to Eternity by the Mountain on that day.

The blue x in the image above marks the approximate place where this photographer would have been standing on that fateful morning when Mt. St. Helens erupted---- now 25 years ago. He'd had a climb planned which would have placed him at 7,500 ft. on the feature named the Dogshead at 8:32a.m. Sunday. That was the fateful moment when the mountain blew out its entire northern side into Spirit Lake....and reduced itself to an ugly, gray dwarf.......

 

Post-Eruption 8,367 ft dwarf, from the south, Winter 1985. (for comparison, note that the black & white image at page top is pre-eruption)

Oregonphotos is here today because Bruce Johnson, for once, had listened to his elders and been reluctantly persuaded to cancel the climb by Forest Service authorities.......... Years later, here is his "Thank You." S

 

 

 

 

Eruption 2004-2005! Includes Picture of Pre-Eruption Spirit Lake

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Click here for link to Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument official website


Goldendale, Washington, 1,600 ft.

In addition to having climbed both St. Helens and Mt. Adams, the photographer spent over four years living in Goldendale, Washington, a small, sun-drenched town just east of the Cascades, blessed with the grand presence of Mt. Adams across spacious wheatfields.... At 12,276 ft, "Adams" is the second highest moutain in all of The Pacific Northwest. Indian legend tells us how two jealous Indian chiefs vyed for the favors of the beautiful maiden. Their terrible conflict was noticed with disfavor by the great Spirit Sahale, who struck all three lovers down, but then raised a beautiful mountain memorial over where each had fallen. The two chiefs are marked by Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, while the maiden's spot is marked by Mt. St. Helens, which formerly enjoyed wide fame as one of the most beautiful mountains in the World (see pre-eruption picture above). For the complete legend, please visit this U.S. Forest Service site: Complete Mountain Legend.

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Goldendale, Washington., Klickitat County. A quiet place where pines and oaks meet the wheatfields, and the morning sun lights up the high ice peaks for another day. Don't miss the public viewing through the 24 inch telescope at Goldendale Observatory State Park if you visit this area! You'll find it on an oak-covered hill on the north side of town. Amateur astronomy groups from Portland and Vancouver often make field trips out to this area, as do Clubs and school groups for other areas of Eastern Washington and the Columbia Gorge. Pullman, WA

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