QTVR-Panoramas, July 2001

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QTVR-Panoramas, July 2001
Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake from Windy Ridge

Flowers and grasses are re-colonizing the blast area of the 1980 eruption. A log remains in its tilted position indicating the direction of the eruption's pressure wave. Other logs, lying flat on the ground, may soon become invisible due to the rapidly growing vegetation. When shooting the photos for this panorama I set up the tripod right on the path as visitors are discouraged from leaving the path in order not to disturb the virgin and fragile vegetation.

QTVR-Panoramas, July 2001
Mount St. Helens from Spirit Lake, NE shore

Logs and branches, thrown into Spirit Lake by the 1980 blast, are still afloat, much as they were right after the eruption. In May 1985, a tunnel was opened connecting Spirit Lake and South Coldwater Creek in order to lower the lake level and to prevent flooding downriver. I had great fun taking the photos for this panorama: I managed to set up the tripod one a huge, floating log which, fortunately did not roll over. Walking on the floating logs, however, is not generally recommended ;-).

QTVR-Panoramas, July 2001
Mount St. Helens summit crater from south rim

We are standing a few hundred meters west of where the footpath reaches the crater rim. The peak on our left is the highest point of Mount St. Helens. On its steep inner wall stratification due to many eruption deposits can be seen. In the crater is the lava dome which was extruded after the cataclysmic eruption of 1980. Behind it are Spirit Lake and Mount Rainier.

QTVR-Panoramas, July 2001
Mount St. Helens summit crater from south rim

Here we are at the end of the footpath leading up to the crater rim. Some climbers have already assembled while others are still struggling up the mountain much further down. Around the lava dome note the smooth, flat surface: Here snow avalanches and debris from the inner crater walls have accumulated into a so-called «regenerated glacier». Mount Adams is visible beyond the right (eastern) crater rim.