She seared herself into my consciousness 31 years ago, at a very tender young age, and has stayed with me ever since. One of the most exciting things about moving up here was getting to see her face-to-crater.
I won't go on about it - did a bit of that in my 30th anniversary post and its addendum. Someday soon, I hope, I'll get back out there with a proper camera and a better understanding of the landscapes created and do her up properly. She's just a day-trip away, now. In the meantime, I wanted to share this post full of incredible photos that popped up via someone in my Twitter feed, I wish I remembered who. Thanks, whoever it was! Some of the particulars in the captions are spectacularly wrong, but the photos are still gorgeous.
Some of them I'd never seen before, like this eruption at sunset:
|USGS Photo #11 taken on July 22, 1980, by Rick Hoblitt|
|Photo #21 Date 17 April 1980 by taken from USGS helicopter|
There's a memorial at Johnston Ridge Observatory dedicated to the victims of the blast. Take a moment to remember them today: the visitors, the residents, the reporters, the workers, and the scientists who became a part of the mountain's history forever.
|Memorial - David Johnston's name is one row down to the left of the rose|