The South Side of The Mountain

Mount Hood from Trillium Lake.


This is Mount Hood's south side. It's really the only side that isn't the perfect conical volcano shape. The south side is actually affected more by the violent affects of an active volcano. The crater is on this side and previous eruptions have sent material in this direction. The little village of Government Camp is located just below the tree level right in the way of any future course of eruption.


Of course several rivers that flow from Mount Hood would be affected as well. Many people live along these rivers... including me as I live along the upper Sandy River. I always think of the Toutle River and the eruption of Mount St Helens and how it became a wall of mud and debris wiping out everything in it's path, including old growth Douglas fir trees, rocks the size of houses - house and bridges as well.


Mount Hood is the most monitored volcano in the world, mostly due to it's proximity to Portland and relatively easy access to all points on the mountain. I'm confident that those of us that live in her foothills will have ample time to evacuate if she ever decides to blow her top like her sister St. Helens did. After all, I'm no Harry Truman. : )

  • Frederique TEZIER PRO 5y

    This mount is now totally associated with you in my mind Gary! It's always stunning to see how you feel it in what is seem his best profile ;-)
  • Tom 5y

    Amazing colors Gary...........!
    Have a great week ahead.............:)
  • Jessica Frink 5y

    I love the lighting on the mountain. Very nice.
  • Dave Berryman 5y

    I lived in Organ City when Mt St Helens blew. You won't have time to sneeze if it goes that big, lol. All that will be left is your photostream. We will miss you for sure, but I plan on coming out and photographing where the "Late Grate Gary Randall" lived! We will let little m write your eulogy.
  • Gary Randall PRO 5y

    Erect a monument my friend! : )
  • Starlisa PRO 5y

    Beautiful image... and a lot to think about! I contemplated some of these thoughts near Mount Adams the other day... they may be dormant but they are not dead! Thanks for all the identifying notes... I like that!

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  • Starlisa PRO 5y

    Dave Berryman you are so funny!!!! hey Gary I will help him build the monument... it has to have Sadie and Betty on it too!

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  • Brian Pemberton PRO 5y

    Awesome light, great glow on Hood
  • Carlos Molina 5y

    Sensational light, Gary. Just an awesome capture.
  • Lise (Blackford) Colucci 5y

    what glow!
  • jon lesch 5y

    A great ominous look to our wonderful Mt. Hood. Great light and a clear,
    crisp capture.
  • jonell 5y

    oh my, we are all thinking about Gary's monument, how does that make you feel Gary!!! Well liked I hope!
  • Eric.Vogt 5y

    You catch the purple tones well Gary. Great photo here again.
  • Douglas Remington 5y

    Like your cropped comp and the alpine glow!

  • Marc Briggs PRO 5y

    Delightful light falling on the mountain here.
  • Keith Friend PRO 5y

    sweet last light on those snowy peaks.. very noice
  • 1Tanker PRO 5y

    Beautiful light on the's nice to see it closer up for a change! ;)
  • Vincenzo Giordano 5y

    Wonderfully taken Gary!! It's magnifict!!
  • Justin Smith PRO 5y

    Wonderful red light on the slope, great work Gary!
  • SomeCallMeScott PRO 5y

    beautiful light and close view of the mountain. the notes on the names of the rocks are great.
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Taken on July 15, 2010
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