Image credit & copyright: James Mead.
On May 18, 1980, Washington State’s Mount St. Helens could hold back the pressure of the Earth no more. In the end, the summit had been reduced by roughly 1,300 ft. and the famous peak and north face had been transformed into the mile-wide horseshoe shaped crater we see today.
What we also see today is an ecosystem’s succession (secondary succession I believe) in unprecedented detail. The entire area has been preserved in the form of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument so scientists can observe and track the area as it has come back to life. This also offers a great opportunity for vacationers, hikers, photographers and nature lovers to catch a glimpse of nature’s destructive beauty.
This beautiful image of Mount St. Helens and the night sky comes to us by James Mead and in this image you can see the Milky Way, our silent star city and the iconic horseshoe crater which is still active today, though thankfully to a lesser degree. This image was taken on May 18, 2015 which was the 35 anniversary of that fateful morning. Just a beautiful image that delivers the history, power and peace of this location as it quietly rests in the night.
James Mead Photography: http://www.jamesmeadphotography.com/