Erosion of the Pumice Plains, Mt. St. Helens, Washington


This week I'm sharing a photo I shot a few years back near Mt. St Helens, Washington.

On a July evening, I took off from the Johnston Ridge Observatory for an evening hike. Following the Boundary Trail to the east, I came across this overlook of a valley at the base of Mt. St. Helens. 

Clouds rolling through the scene created beautiful areas of shadows and light, highlighting the erosion.

Since the major eruption in 1980, the runoff from the North Fork Toutle River and tributaries has eroded canyons through the mudflows and pumice fields. 

Once the site of dense forests, after all these years, vegetation is slow to return.

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