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This was one of the finest days that could have been picked for this TRIP. I figured I might as well show you the best of the best before I gave you some of my other observations of this powerful place. If you're ever in the area, it's so worth the looksee and the sheer force of nature overwhelms you as you view this stripped down version of our earth....28 years since the initial blasts and still it looks like a wasteland. The MOTORING up was encouraging as to Nature's reclaimation, but the actual site was like a view from another planet. :)PJ


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07/02/08 4:31 AM GMT
I get to comment first. Imagine that. Wow spelled backwards is still Wow!! Any way you look at this photo it is wow. I especially like the cloud and its shadow. Not to often you see that from above the cloud. I like the earthen tones and how they are offset by the clouds and the blue sky. Mount St. Helens finishes off this masterpiece. You have got my head in the clouds PJ. Great post.

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07/02/08 4:48 AM GMT
What a rugged and beautiful landscape. I drove through that countryside several years ago. It's amazing how those volcanic peaks loom above all the other mountains. Nice photo.
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07/02/08 5:27 AM GMT
This is absolutely fantastic PJ. I was born not far from here. I remember it well. thanks for the wonderful memory and capture.

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07/02/08 5:29 AM GMT
Lovley view and a stunning photo.
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07/02/08 5:56 AM GMT
LOVE IT! This is spectacular. Just an amazing sky, and the moutain is breathtaking. Well done! - Pam
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07/02/08 5:57 AM GMT
This is superb: I do like that cloud shadow.
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07/02/08 6:57 AM GMT
What a breathtaking photo. It's looks like you are having a wonderful trip.
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07/02/08 7:36 AM GMT
Ruggedly gorgeous!
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07/02/08 7:56 AM GMT
The best part of this photo is its extremely good clarity. The view is magnificent, of course. Thanks for sharing and for the links.
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07/02/08 8:25 AM GMT
Faved, fantastic :-)
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07/02/08 10:22 AM GMT
What a wonderful capture!!Faved
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07/02/08 11:23 AM GMT
Beautiful capture. I could sit there for hours. Thanks for sharing.

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07/02/08 11:29 AM GMT
A stunning and beautiful capture PJ. You get the sense of drama that is attached to this area very clearly from your image. Wonderful!!
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07/02/08 11:39 AM GMT
a really wonderfull shot , well done
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07/02/08 12:00 AM GMT
That's the best shot of Mt. St. Helens I have ever seen. Breathtaking to say the least. Faved.

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07/02/08 12:27 AM GMT
Great shot! Faved...
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07/02/08 12:34 AM GMT
You caught a beauty there. The shadow if the cloud on the ground tops it all off for me.
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07/02/08 12:40 AM GMT of the best indeed. Definitely looks like a perfect day; I really like the lighting created by the few clouds. Great detail and depth. This will be a really interesting contrast if you're going to show whats left of the devastation from the eruption. Nicely done, Peej!!
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07/02/08 12:50 AM GMT
Excellent clarity and detail.
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07/02/08 1:11 PM GMT
Amazing capture.
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07/02/08 1:35 PM GMT
What a shot. What contrast between the calm weather in the shot compared to the turmoil during and after the eruption. Looks like a few little guys are trying to grow out at the base, don't it.
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07/02/08 1:36 PM GMT
Oooo Very very nice! Beautiful!!!

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07/02/08 2:32 PM GMT
Wonderful view and a Stunning photo.
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07/02/08 3:28 PM GMT
Absolutely fabulous! I really like the shadowing, it ads to the dimension of the photo.
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07/02/08 3:37 PM GMT
The Narrative is Almost as good as the art...I read it 3 Times...Excellent...Jack
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07/02/08 3:38 PM GMT
Hey PJ,
I love this one,
There is so much dynamism in here, so much 3D mood,
Did you use any polariser or similar to achieve this effect,
Beautifully done,

Thanks for sharing
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07/02/08 3:46 PM GMT
Fantastic vista PJ! Everything is spot on! Bravo!
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07/02/08 4:30 PM GMT
What a volcano!! Scarey. But a necessary photo for sure. Great vantage point...and I think the cloud and it's shadow just makes the whole photo come to life even more. You did a really fine job capturing the 'whole' mountain....V
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07/02/08 4:38 PM GMT
PJ, this si just beautiful the blue of the sky contrasts so wellwith the brown of the earth. Can't wait to see more!

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07/02/08 5:01 PM GMT
+ faves
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07/02/08 5:28 PM GMT
Awsome view! Excellent capture.. well done
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07/02/08 5:47 PM GMT
Where did you take this photo? It looks amazing. Since going to America i am totally capitvated by mountains. This brings it all flooding back to me. They are so beautiful and imposing you have captured its essense perfectly for me. 10/10 and in my favs.
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07/02/08 5:50 PM GMT
What a great shot PJ,Crystal clear.
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07/02/08 6:09 PM GMT
PJ that is one breathtaking shot!! Faved.
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07/02/08 6:30 PM GMT
WOW!! You can't go wrong with such a beautiful and powerful subject like this. Such a wonderful blue sky... an excellent shot. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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07/02/08 7:08 PM GMT
Excellent image P.J. Thanks for the link also.
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life.
07/02/08 8:29 PM GMT
Breathtaking landscape!Wonderful colors,and excellent photo,as always.

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07/02/08 8:40 PM GMT
Wow what a beauty PJ! Really great scene and colors!
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Lifes getting better all the time!
07/02/08 9:02 PM GMT
Beautiful view, the mountains and the clouds especially!
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07/02/08 9:11 PM GMT
WOW...nothing else to say. You always do a great job of this type of photography. Keep them coming.

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07/02/08 9:51 PM GMT
Amazing landscape and colors,the photo is beautiful.
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07/02/08 10:03 PM GMT
This is quite a photo.Perfect exposure and clarity.The way that the clouds hanging around the crater almost gives the impression of smoke or steam.Great photo.
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07/02/08 10:23 PM GMT
great image Peej...Time does fly don't it.. saved,thanks...=D
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07/03/08 12:26 AM GMT
an awesome view and a great capture:)
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07/03/08 2:36 AM GMT
Wonderful wide angle shot of this majestic place. That cloud and it's shadow really make this almost surreal. What a fantastic capture.
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07/03/08 3:21 AM GMT
Just to know that we are not the rulers of the earth is heartening. It still has control and is a mighty powerful force we must learn to live with. An excellent example of raw nature and an excellent post, PJ.
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07/03/08 3:43 AM GMT
Beautiful shot... I love it!!
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07/03/08 7:26 AM GMT
Nice photo indeed, great colours in this, and good focusing to boot.
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07/03/08 8:46 AM GMT
This one belongs in the group of the best mountain shots ever! Faved!
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07/03/08 9:04 AM GMT
That's faved PJ, what an outstanding shot. This is shaping up to be some trip!
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07/03/08 1:46 PM GMT
Oh gosh I am so late commenting that everything has been said I think.

This is outstanding - top work PJ
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07/03/08 3:48 PM GMT
Jeez PJ, you knocked this one out of the universe! Excellent in every way.
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07/03/08 4:54 PM GMT
~ Ditto to all above...absolutely outstanding PJ!
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07/03/08 6:20 PM GMT
I like the ditches and the sky PJ.Very nice photo again.

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07/03/08 9:36 PM GMT
i think it's all said about this masterpiece :o)
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07/03/08 11:05 PM GMT
Awesome!..... Excellent photo :)
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07/03/08 11:08 PM GMT

No that I have your attention...

Nice capture kid!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
07/04/08 4:55 AM GMT
I spent my college freshman year at a small university in Oregon... This mountain was visible from my dormitory window, long before it blew its top of course. As I'm familiar with the original, I can say that your portrait does it absolute justice.
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07/04/08 12:48 AM GMT
Glad I had the day off to view this Beauty PJ.
Congrats on a Killer Kapture and Top Spot In the C's.
Well Done !

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07/04/08 7:31 PM GMT
My, how time flies. Love the dial-a-sky. Looks like the timing was perfect. Those clouds look like they are really moving. A rugged piece of beauty,now, but a terrible demonstration of the ferocity of nature a few decades ago.
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07/05/08 3:21 PM GMT
Fantastic view you have indeed my friend. You're right, this image seems to be made from another planet, it's a really breathtaking shot PJ, very well done.

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07/05/08 4:46 PM GMT
The first thing I did was put it in my favs PJ...Great photo and view :-)
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07/06/08 2:50 PM GMT
Stunning view, Peejiepoo :) I wish we had views like that around here. Beautiful post!
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07/06/08 7:21 PM GMT
Devastating, lol. Beautiful job capturing the view.
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07/07/08 3:28 AM GMT
An awesome landscape! Excellent work.
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07/07/08 11:56 AM GMT
Wow, what fantastic view! Excellent work
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We all have the same Sky but not all the same Skyline ;o) Forza BVB!!
07/07/08 5:01 PM GMT
I figure you didn't get enough views and comments, LOL. so I figured I'd chime in, Whats left to say that has not been said above,Thanks for todays wallpaper.
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07/10/08 9:44 AM GMT
An awesome photo, well done. Thanks for sharing.
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07/14/08 1:40 AM GMT
This is a very impressive shot! Lovely colors and clarity. Even though I've lived in Washington my whole life, I've not yet visited Mt. St. Helens. I'm closer to Mt. Rainier, so that's where we've been the most. Your photo really gets me in the mood for a road trip ;)
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07/14/08 1:38 PM GMT
Super sharp and clear - the blue sky really contrasts with the waste.
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07/15/08 10:10 AM GMT
fantastic shot missus!
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07/25/08 3:44 PM GMT
Absolutely great! The colors, saturation and composition you captured are something I can only hope to accomplish.
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07/27/08 7:00 AM GMT
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07/29/08 11:43 AM GMT
Stunning, stunning, stunning! Faved.
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11/12/09 4:51 PM GMT
this shot is truly amazing. i'd like to just zoom in and keep on zooming in to see more.
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12/01/09 3:43 AM GMT
Wow, what a clear and beautifully colored and sculpted image. Great desktop. KEEP-PAH!
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