Weekly Photo Challenge: “Forces of Nature” Volcanoes

In the Cascade Mountain range-

Mount Hood

Oregon’s Mount Hood…  slumbers peacefully as sheer blankets of evening mist and sunset clouds drift over in muted shades and shadows.

mount_shasta

In Northern California, Mount Shasta and her companion, Shastina,  appear to float without a stir above the the remnants of a catastrophic landslide that occurred 350,000 years ago when an ancient volcano collapsed to form the Shasta Valley.

mount_baker

Mount Baker, the highest peak in the North Cascades of Washington State, keeps watch as outrigger fishing boats trawl along the waters of the Puget Sound. She is the youngest in a volcanic belt that has been recurrently active for the past 1.3 million years.

mt_saint_helens

Mount St. Helens, also a youthful volcano in the Washington State Cascades, changed her appearance dramatically exactly thirty-five years ago. May 18, 1980, an eruption blew off the upper 1,300 feet of the summit and created a 1.2 x.2.2 mile horseshoe-shaped crater. Her flat-topped peak stands as a testament to the “Forces of Nature.”

Threat potential-

USGS geologists consider the eruption potential for the first three sleeping giant to be “High.” Monitoring of seismic activity is important because of the manner in which these particular volcanoes erupt and their proximity to large population centers. Mount Hood last erupted in 1865; Mount Shasta 200-300 years ago; Mount Baker 6,700 years ago- and counting!

This week’s photo challenge: “Forces of Nature”
Science behind post: USGS

Note- these photos were taken one to five years ago and may not reflect current snow pack levels.

21 comments

      1. nope have flown the trike over pagosa peak is bout the highest ive gotten an not near any volcanoes, although jefftrike has vids of triking over the new mexico volcanoes in his down there . have only flown over shasta in a jet liner! 🙂 .. take care be safe Q

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        1. Pagosa Peak looks beautiful from the ground photographs I saw on a Google search. I can’t imagine how that must have looked from your trike (is that a type of hang glider? I don’t know much about your sport). Being over 12,000 feet in the air above that peak sound mighty impressive… volcano or not!

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          1. the most fun thing i like to do when i fly da trike is fly bout 12,000 feet up into the air above our area an shut the engine around an jest glide around till i get down far enough to go into a pattern have to land 🙂 an land without power is a lotta fun…..

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  1. Volcanoes are perfect for this theme, Jane 🙂 All beautiful photos —- the lavender shades of Mt. Hood behind the tree silhouettes is my favorite. I like the shot of Mt. Shasta and Shastina too! So unique.

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  2. A wonderful response jane – loved it! We visited the museum at Mt. St Helens several years ago and it was really fascinating. As you know I’m a bit of a mountain freak and your post this week really hit my hot buttons!!

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    1. Tina, It was quite an impacting experience when Mount St. Helens erupted. It rained ash here in the Portland, Oregon region. Looking out the window was weird when we had to remind ourselves we weren’t seeing snow… it was ash! After one of the eruptions, we had to organize street-shoveling parties to remove ash from the streets. There was so much in piles we thought it would be there forever. Now, one would be hard-pressed to find any. All I have is what was saved as souvenirs in little spice jars! 🙂

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  3. Jane, I thought about taking photos of our majestic volcano in our backyard, however she has been very temperamental lately with over 60 small gas explosions last week. I thought it best to let her calm down. The forces of nature are powerful. I’m hoping Concepcion volcano goes back to sleep, soon.

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    1. Hi Ruchi- Rainier and Baker confuse me, too. The shot in this post was taken in Friday Harbor of Mount Baker 😉 I wish I had a nice photo of Mount Rainier- all mine are taken from I-5 and don’t do it justice. We must plan a trip exclusively for Mount Rainier and then hope the weather cooperates!

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      1. If you want to take pictures of Mt. Rainier in snow then this is a good time to visit the Paradise area. In summers; July/Aug you may want to visit the Sunrise area and you will get beautiful pictures of this wonderful icon.

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