Mount St. Helens

Explore # 126 today. Thanks all!


I intended to capture and steal her soul. But she kept part of mine, too.


Every time I visit the mountains, a peace settles through me. I'm sure it has something to do with the sun warming my skin, a gentle breeze and walking for miles through such beautiful places. Not much grows taller than a few feet here and these lupins that carpet the ash are barely 5 inches off the ground. It's a harsh existence. But they fill the breeze with a sweet scent - counterpoint to the paths of desolate destruction we're following throughout the blast zone.


This trip makes Orion's 31st visit to St. Helens (and that's just counting those made with a camera, he points out), so Sarah and I were fortunate to make this visit with an expert guide. He's got quite a collection of photos of St. Helens that are well worth checking out.


Last weekend I stumbled across the poet Gary Snyder and thought this one was fitting:


the silence

of nature


the power within.

the power


the path is whatever passes—no

end in itself.

the end is,



not saving.


the proof

the proof of the within.


~ Gary Snyder, Turtle Island

  • onetalentdog 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Music,Quotes,Lyrics,etc of the World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Claudia Domenig PRO 5y

    Absolutely stunning composition and great shot Deborah. Love it.
  • Claudia Domenig PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Top Photography Group ~ Invitational. P1/C2, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Becky Spiker 5y

    Amazing, Deborah... loving the light and all that brilliant color! Twenty years ago I sat with tears in my eyes as I watched this mountain blow her top; I never imagined that it could be so beautiful again in my lifetime. The life that's emerging up there now is like the sweet kiss of Nature after she's expressed her more volatile side.
  • kevin hinson 5y

    Wow! This is amazing. I love that warm light on the mountain.
  • mm767cap 5y

    Simply lovely. Those colors are just divine.
  • Dene' Miles 5y

    Wow, this is a gorgeous shot of Helens!!! The life that has come back to this mountain is mind blowing! You won't by chance be up at Rainier this weekend will you?
  • Derrick Kelly 5y

    Lovely lovely photo.
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  • Phillip Burrow 5y

    Beautiful capture, great job!
  • Adalberto Mangini & Laura PRO 5y

    great prospective!

    Amazing capture and work!

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    Thanks for sharing your masterpiece here!
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  • Pelerin Marie-Claude 5y

    Wonderful Capture!!!

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  • Patrick 5y

    The warm colors of Mount St. Helen's goes beautifully woith the cool purple of the flowers down below. Wonderful composition.
  • ghis44free 5y

    Very pretty composition, I love.
    This photo is nice.
  • CharleneM50 PRO 5y

    very beautiful capture!!
  • David Hogan PRO 5y

    This is gorgeous! I love that lupine in the wide angle and the ridge of paintbrush and alpenglow! Great shot!
  • durand clark PRO 4y

    Another very beautiful photo and subject..The colors are just great...Thanks Randy
  • DecioC 4y

    Fantastic shot,love colors and light,great depth!!!!!!!!!
  • Russ D 4y

    Gorgeous VIII. Beautiful flower colors, nice light on the peak!!
  • zenman3 PRO 3y

    Lovely deep DOF. Great landscape shot with stuning colours and beautiful light on the mountain top.
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