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.