Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mount St.Helens Climb

One of my first trips into the backcountry after an injury left me housebound for 2 months. It was about a 3.5 hr climb through swirling snow, clouds and filtered sunshine to the frigid summit rim. By sunset I was on top watching the clouds fade away as the moon rose over Mount Adams. It was a beautiful hike down under the light of the full moon.

Clouds roll over Monitor Ridge on the southern aspect of Mount St.Helens. Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 14mm, F11, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher
   





Although it's difficult to tell if these tracks lead up or down amidst the clouds and diffused light, they do in fact lead down. I turned around and snapped this image of my snowshoe tracks 1000ft below the summit. Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 14mm, F11, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher  
   
Falling snow near the summit of Mount St. Helens almost resembles a starry night sky as it catches the diffused glow of the late afternoon sun. Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 42mm, F11, 1/800 sec, ISO 200.  ©Tyson Fisher       
A very feint spectre and glory - a phenomenon caused by the diffraction of light when the sun shines from behind the observer casting his/her s shadow forward onto a cloud bank - briefly appeared while awaiting sunset on the summit rim. Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 14mm, F9, 1/250 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher 
A very feint spectre and glory - a phenomenon caused by the diffraction of light when the sun shines from behind the observer casting his/her s shadow forward onto a cloud bank - briefly appeared while awaiting sunset on the summit rim. Although one of the less intense spectres I've seen, I felt the soft light, curving lines of light and shadow and the rising moon made for a compelling photograph. Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 14mm, F9, 1/250 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher

Looking north across the crater of Mount St.Helens towards Mount Rainier.  Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 35mm, F11, 1/40 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher
Last light on Mount Adams as seen from the summit rim of Mount St.Helens. Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 28mm, F10, 1/40 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher
Moonrise over Mount Adams at sunset as seen from the summit rim of Mount St.Helens.  Olympus E-PM1, Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R @ 14mm, F8, 1/40 sec, ISO 200  ©Tyson Fisher

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