Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Cool!

Last night, we were making our weekly trek up Highway 30 to our Tuesday "dinner out" destination--Bing's Chinese.  Husband was driving; as is my habit, I turned to look out the window to the east, scanning the valley and our line-up of mountain peaks for anything interesting.  And there it was!

I believe the exact (profound) words out of my mouth were, "Wow!  Look at all the s**t coming out of Mt. St. Helens!"  And then I kicked myself for not having my camera.  (This picture comes from the USGS website.)  I gotta start keeping one in every car, or something.

As far as I know, nobody felt the earthquake that was supposed to have happened before the ash plume rose.  No boom, no fireworks...just this sudden huge cloud emanating from the top of the mountain.  It was at the perfect time of day, when the sun was at the point of its descent that it highlights the eastern peaks while throwing the valley into shadow.  

And I was just as glad that the ash cloud was blowing east...   

13 comments:

  1. Oh, that is cool.  I would have loved to have been able to see that.

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  2. Wow! That must have been an awesome sight. I was wondering if ya'll felt the earthquake or not.

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  3. incredible!

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  4. Hi Lisa-
    Oh my gosh! I had no idea that you were close enough to see that. I would have had a heart attack. Wowee!!
    So do you have ash on everything? You know I have been reading in the NY times here lately that they were predicting Mt. Helens to errupt and soon, just didn't think it would be this soon.

    Great picture,
    Gayla

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  5. I was wondering if anyone in j-land was close enough to see it...and if photos would be posted.  It is super cool.  I would love to witness it first hand.

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  6. okay but.....but I LIVE east of you!!!!!!!


    oh no.


    :(

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  7. Whoa....what a treat for you to see!  Mother Nature is spectacular!  Lisa

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  8. Spectacular picture. I had a Datsun B210 in 1980 when St Helens blew the last time. I never did all the ash off the surface of my car.

    Jackie

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  9. It is indeed impressive. But, wow, a bit disconcerting. :-) ---Robbie

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  10. that made me catch my breath!
    Marti

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  11. I thought of you immediately when I saw this reported on tv!

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  12. What an amazing photograph!  

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  13. wow, amazing photo!  scary too!
    ~JerseyGirl
    http://journals.aol.com/cneinhorn/WonderGirl

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