One of the most enjoyable discoveries I have made through blogging is reading about, and looking at photos from parts of the world and other states I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting. I really enjoy hearing about the customs of different countries and views about world events.
I have shared some photos of my current area of residence, but I thought I would share some of where I came from.
I spent most of my life in the state of Washington, and a small portion in the upper corner of eastern Oregon.
In 1980, Mount St. Helens…a volcano in Washington state erupted. The Wikipedia description is here, and for those who really get into scientific information, you can find it here, or many other places throughout the internet.
At the time Mount St. Helens erupted, I was in my early 20’s and living in eastern Oregon. The winds blew the ash to the north of where we were living. I don’t remember much about the actual eruption because I was living the life of a self-destructive, young adult.
It took me 29 years before I visited the area and was pleasantly surprised that so much was starting to come back to life.
This is not my photo. I borrowed it from a Wikipedia site. The remainder of the photos on this post are mine.
To the left, the mountain after the eruption…29 years later.
The trees were wiped out and the river was turned into a huge mud flow. Today just a tiny trickle of a stream runs through the hardened mud that was once a river.
On the way up to the visitor’s center, we were surrounded with trees planted after the eruption. This photo was taken from the car, and there is motion blur, but this photo is very close to what we were completely surrounded with. It made our eyes feel a little wonky.
The following two photos show the trees that were knocked over by the blast.
(You may have to click on them)
And lastly, the type of humor my daughter and I giggle about.
I declared this as photographic art. 😀
We were reminded why feeding the wild animals might not be such a great idea.What a funny way to remind us.
(If you are inclined to read what the sign says, you will definitely have to click on the photo)
Beauty, humor, life…it’s all around us. I have found hope after I believed there would never be any. Just as nature rebuilds, so shall I.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a part of the area which I still call home.