Shutter Story Sundays (#8) - Mt. St. Helens Aerial

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Though I now live in New York, I grew up in Washington State. If you live in the Pacific Northwest or have visited there, you'll know of the beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges that are visible all around. One of the mountains in the Cascades, Mt. St. Helens is now notorious for the date May 18, 1980. I was in the sixth grade when the mountain erupted that year. The photos below show the view of before the eruption and during (photo credits below, USGS source1/source2). The mountain that previously was 9,677 ft tall (left photo) became 8,365 ft after.

The summer after I graduated from high school, I immediately started taking flight lessons. Later that same year, I had my pilot's license. The following years, I often took friends and family up for sightseeing tours. From my home airport, Olympia down to Mt. St. Helens (map) was just a quick half hour away and was a favorite place to go see. The photo above is one that I took and you can see the great devastation from the earlier eruptions leaving just a crater where the original mountain peak was previously.


I am adding this post to my Shutter Story Series. I have been pulling out of my photo archive to share both old and new shots that are my favorites. You can click that link to see the other posts in this category.

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Comments (35)

Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


I remember the day it blew as well...I remember seeing all the ash falling from the sky clear over here in Pullman and beyond....

Dec 26, 2010 02:42 AM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

We have flat land here in Texas. Miles and miles, tons and tons of them!!! So your photo is definitely a breadth of fresh air.

Dec 26, 2010 02:52 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Craig, amazing pictures and I had no clue about the incidents behind the Mt.

Dec 26, 2010 03:36 AM
Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville

What beautiful photos. I know you miss the area, but you are in a pretty nice area now too.

Dec 26, 2010 05:03 AM
Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Wende Schoof - Menlo Park, CA - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula

Craig, thanks for sharing.  When our family visited Seattle a few years back, there was an IMax movie showing of the eruption, and we got a slight sense of what flying over the area would feel like.  It's a good reminder of how powerful Mother Nature is no matter how much we humans try to control our environment!

Dec 26, 2010 06:46 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Craig,  Yikes !  Your shot brings back some incredible memories of that event.  Great pics !  Keep 'em coming !   Hope your 2011 is the best ever !

Dec 26, 2010 07:06 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

We learn more about you everyday.  How on earth did you end up on Staten Island?

Dec 26, 2010 08:34 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Nice photos Craig....your talents are never ending!!!

Dec 26, 2010 09:36 AM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Craig - Nice shot. I'll bet your missing Washington today with all our snow? lol Seriously nice post and I do remember this day very well. I still watch shows on Discovery and such when they come on with stories from that fateful day...

Dec 26, 2010 10:16 AM
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Amazing shots!!!  I went to Mt. Ranier while in Seattle several years ago, but I've never seen Mt. St. Helens.

Dec 26, 2010 10:17 AM
Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Wow Craig.  Cool pics!

Is that the mountain growing again inside of the crater?


Dec 26, 2010 10:59 AM
Suzanne Stephens
Stephens Design - Battle Ground, WA
Real Estate Website Design

Nice photos, Craig! For the last few weeks, she has been covered in a thick snowcap, so Mt. St. Helens looks very different from the windows in my home. Here in Battle Ground, we are twice blessed with views of both Mt. St. Helens and magnificent Mt. Hood. 

Dec 26, 2010 11:00 AM
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Craig... WOW!  That's incredible.  I don't think I have ever seen "Before and After" shots like that before!  Amazing the effects of nature!

Dec 26, 2010 11:35 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

the lava dome in the crater is constantly undergoing change - here's another view 

Dec 26, 2010 12:16 PM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Beautiful photo's Craig.....I vividly remember the eruption of Mt St Helen's in 1980....thanks for sharing your pictures and memories.

Dec 26, 2010 01:01 PM
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Having visited there in 2005- and seeing it without our own eyes it left an indelible mark in our memories.  The theater presenbtation concluding with the dramatic curtains opening revealing the panaramic view of the mountain as it remains was indeed very powerful.

Dec 27, 2010 12:47 AM
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

these are some amazing photos, thanks for sharing...what a collection you have!!

Dec 28, 2010 12:35 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Wowser!  Gotta visit the Northwest one day!

Dec 29, 2010 07:25 AM
Wendy Hayden
Photographer, Home Stager, ePRO - Richmond, VA
Chesterfield, Richmond & Powahatan

Craig, that is an amazing photo.  Mount Saint Helen's erupting was such an awe inspiring event.  I don't think I will ever forget it.  I was a little girl at the time and it really hit home to me that we couldn't always control our surroundings.  A pivotal moment in growing up.

Dec 30, 2010 01:34 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Craig, that is an amazing photo. I don't dare ask how close you were when you took it! 

Apr 20, 2014 10:47 AM