Mount Saint Helens

I grew up in central Alberta.  In 1980 I was 11 years old so I didn’t really understand the significance of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.  My wife and I tried to visit there in about 1998 but there was low fog and rain so we just had to imagine what it would look like.  Last week we decided to meet some friends there and ended up seeing it on a gloriously sunny day and here are a couple of the shots from that day.


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Attack of the Frigate Birds

These creatures are called Frigate birds.  They are swarming around the carcass of a stingray trying to get their fair share.  I think this shot is reminiscent of The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock.  These birds are very interesting.   Despite the fact they feed mostly on fish, they cannot swim or take off from flat surfaces.  They catch fish by flying low to the water and scooping them up from the surface.  They can actually fly for more than a week at a time.


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Mexican Beetle

It is hard to take a bad photo of an original Volkswagen Beetle.  They have at least as much character as any other car out there.  I am probably influenced because I grew up in the era of  Herbie the Love Bug.  In fact one of my childhood memories is of actually seeing a bug painted in Herbie colors on the way home from seeing “Herbie Rides Again” in the theater in about 1975.  Now I’m just babbling…


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After the Fire

After spending a few days at Yellowstone National Park the kids were getting geysered (sp?) out so I set off on a whirlwind tour of the Norris Geyser Basin by myself.  On my hike to the basin I passed through this area burnt by the fire.  It was quite eerie walking through it but the sky was incredibly blue  which made it a great day for pictures.


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Great Fountain Geyser

If you have ever been to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (and a little bit in Montana) I’m sure you have seen Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring.  Hidden off on a side road is a geyser called the Great Fountain Geyser.  It only erupts about every 12 hours and it is not very punctual.  It could erupt between say noon and 3 o’clock so many people just drive right on by.  My family and I decided to wait for it because we were told that it is spectacular.  After about 2 hours of waiting it finally started to erupt and we were not disappointed.  This is the eruption in early stages against a stormy sky.


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