Mount St. Helens Sunrises

The Daily Prompt: Dawn

This is the second post in a series of three. The first post occurred last Sat. Mar. 23rd. The third and final post will be released on Sat. Apr. 6th.

I’ve sincerely enjoyed taking on this project – 2012 Portland Sunrise Series – and while many mornings I unwillingly dragged myself out of bed, after doing so and coming home to check out the images of the day, I was wholly happy to have dragged myself out there.

There are a total of 110 images in the 2012 Portland Sunrise series divided into 3 groups; Mt. St.Helens, Mt. Hood, & Abstract Sunrises. With this 2nd post of a 3 part series, I’m presenting 12 images of Mt. St. Helens in Southern Washington, at sunrise throughout the year 2012. The images in this post are presented in sequential order throughout the year, and I tried to take one image from each month throughout the year. There are a couple months, that have multiple images included.

Mt. St. Helens is geographically located in Southwestern Washington State. Approximately 50 miles Northeast of Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon.

Mt. St. Helens is an active Stratovolcano currently at an elevation of 8365 ft. Her last major eruption was in the Spring of 1980 before which she sat at an elevation of 9677 ft.. She is called Loowit among some local natives, and the Klickitat natives called her Louwala-Clough, which means “smoking or fire mountain.” She was given her english name of Mt. St. Helens by George Vancouver, an early explorer of the area, and after Lord St. Helen, a British Diplomat.

Mt. St. Helens is considered one of the youngest and most active of all Cascade volcanos in the Pacific Northwest. She has been actively, and periodically, erupting for the past 40,000 years.

Although not currently experiencing an erupting period, Mt. St. Helens is considered to be in the “dome building” stage. A growing mountain, raising in elevation a mere few feet every day, but because of the lowered crater elevation, it is still well below the mountain’s overall current elevation. Growing at it’s current rate from within it’s crater, Mt. St. Helens will take at least a hundred years for the mountain to reach it’s currently elevation, it will take at least 200 year to reach it’s pre 1980 blast elevation.

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