Yesterday I went to visit Mount St Helens in Washington. I left there truly impressed by the power of nature.
From Wikipedia – “David Alexander Johnston (December 18, 1949 – May 18, 1980) was an American vulcanologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) who was killed by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington. One of the principal scientists on the monitoring team, Johnston died while manning an observation post about 6 miles (10 km) from the volcano on the morning of May 18, 1980. He was the first to report the eruption, transmitting the message “Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!” before being swept away by the lateral blast created by the collapse of the mountain’s north flank. Though Johnston’s remains have never been found, remnants of his USGS trailer were found by state highway workers in 1993.”
At Johnson Ridge Observatory they show a short film, and in part of it they play the recording of his last words. It made my hair stand on end. There was a tinge of fear, but mostly I heard excitement and awe. He was thrilled to be there at that moment in time. More than 30 years later I was standing near the same spot 6 miles away viewing aftermath. The destruction is impressive. After seeing the film of the explosion, I realize that his last moments on earth were an adventure quickly ended. He had seconds if that, but I don’t think he had any regrets. He lived his life doing what he truly loved.
We should all be able to say that at the end of our lives.
In an instant millions of trees were gone.
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The mountain has so many interesting features from erosion.
David A. Johnston, 13 hours before his death at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Look how happy he is here. His life was interesting, fulfilling and wonderful.
In Portland, Oregon, like any major city, there is a big homeless problem. Most of the year you can find many hopeless souls gathered near the Saturday Market. I took this a few years ago. I hope better things have happened to them since. Click on the image to expand it.
“Seven out of ten Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless” – Pras Michel
“Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.” – Jerzy Kosinski
In 2007 I had a membership to the Oregon Zoo. One of the exhibits is the butterfly house. I can only very seldom get good shots of a butterfly in the wild. The butterfly house enabled me to see a lot of beautiful specimens up close and personal. Go on a cool day in the late summer. They tend to move slower.
On my way to the library I came upon this bottle in the fountain. Recycling and trash cans were only about 10 feet away.
I got my information from this website.
In Portland, Oregon there are many ways to cross the Willamette River. One of the cities nicknames is Bridgetown. There are something like 10 bridges that cross the river in the PDX area. I think that the prettiest and most architecturally interesting bridge is The St John’s Bridge. According to Wikipedia It is the only suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley and the furthest north on the Willamette River. It was opened June 13, 1931.
I like the effect of this. The toning reminds me of a photo taken in the 1920′s. I can assure you… this is not what my eyes actually looks like. This is what I wish my eyes looked like. Click on the image to make it larger.
I’ve been watching a lot of True Blood lately and I made this drawing during my spare time at work. For those you who have not noticed, Alexander Skarsgård is beautiful to look at. This work doesn’t do him justice. Once must see him in action to know what I mean. Even in photographs his beauty doesn’t truly emerge. You can click on the image to make it larger.
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