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Standing Accused
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The last of the Mt St Helens triptych. Here I saw the upturned roots of a tree symbolizing fingers pointing at the source of its destruction.

Plus, I just liked the angle that it presented and also that you could get a glimpse of one of the lakes there.

An excerpt from the LINK I'm going to leave with this one. "Fish in rivers near the volcano literally jumped onto shore as the water temperature rocketed to 90 degrees. On the whole, the eruption turned 230 square miles of lush forest that lured 500,000 visitors a year for wilderness recreation into a lunar wasteland."

Last one! I swear, and then I'll take you along with me to see another few, fairer views that turned up "out West"!



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07/12/08 5:41 AM GMT
Oh I love this. Such great perspective and artistic depth.
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"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."-Albert Einstein
07/12/08 5:52 AM GMT
the tree, pointing to the mountain, is an excellent idea. i love this composition. the browns, blues and whites are all very effective and beautiful.
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07/12/08 5:59 AM GMT
Excellent composition dear PeeJ!...

An amazing sight too!...I would need a bloomin' chopper to get me this high!....

Great photography!!!!
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07/12/08 6:29 AM GMT
Good eye for this shot, PJ, your perspective makes it. Amazing scenery captured beautifully!
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07/12/08 7:36 AM GMT
Great balance in this shot PJ, no question the angle of the dead tree is the critical element, nicely done.
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07/12/08 8:26 AM GMT
Faved, just wonderful
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07/12/08 8:35 AM GMT

Such a outstanding image. Perfect line up here lady. Beautiful sky with them clouds and the mtns. in the background. You have a winner here my friend. YOu can share more from here if you like their fantastic works. sandi♥
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life.
07/12/08 8:54 AM GMT
Very symbolic, the way the tree is pointed at the centre of destruction! A beautiful sky rises above the wasted land!
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07/12/08 9:22 AM GMT
very beautyfull shot , well done
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07/12/08 10:01 AM GMT
Amazing shot of a wonderful place and a great perspective, using that tree trunk.
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07/12/08 10:02 AM GMT
gorgeous shot! i like how you used the tree, and i like that sneaky bit of brown from the split in the trunk, looks a fabby view, the blues and whites are lovely too, looks like you had a good trip!
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07/12/08 10:30 AM GMT
Great capture! Thanks for sharing this! Favs...
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07/12/08 11:06 AM GMT
Spectacular shot,nice and clear!!
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07/12/08 11:22 AM GMT
Gorgeous vista and the foreground tree really adds a nice touch to the piece!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
07/12/08 11:38 AM GMT
How the heck did I miss this one?! Lucky I got it in the VB. PJ this is superb, the way those spiky roots echo the zig zags of the ravines on the mountains is outstanding. What a wonderful composition and very beautiful colours. Congratulations my friend, this one really is magic! Faved.
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"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others merely a green thing which stands in the way." William Blake
07/12/08 11:55 AM GMT
wow amazing picture. lovely view and the colours are outstanding, love it, look forward to seeing more
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07/12/08 12:08 AM GMT
Excellent Shot and Fine perspective P J.
Thanks for sharing this bit of Forgotten History .

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07/12/08 12:16 AM GMT
A beautiful composition, What a view and the colour and details
are amazeing.

Well done Faved.

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07/12/08 12:58 AM GMT
Amazing capture.
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Why not go out on a limb, that is where the fruit is.... Frank Scully
07/12/08 1:37 PM GMT
Exceptional PJ!
So very glad I got this in the VB

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The question is not what you look at, but what you see ~ Marcel Proust
07/12/08 1:46 PM GMT
Outstanding shot. National Geographic quality. Thanks for the link also.

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07/12/08 2:09 PM GMT
Exceptional and Outstanding do not begin to describe this shot. Wow! Is this nice. Superb work indeed! Great narrative too. :o)

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07/12/08 2:20 PM GMT
What a superb photo PJ! Just beautiful! I don't know what else to say, it has me dumbfounded!
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Lifes getting better all the time!
07/12/08 2:39 PM GMT
Epic shot PJ, That was one Hell of an Eruption.
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07/12/08 2:50 PM GMT
Magnificant colour and clarity. Excellent composition as well.
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07/12/08 3:16 PM GMT
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07/12/08 4:32 PM GMT
Fantic Picture Firstly..Youve Matched all the Colours Thinkable Perfectly. The Narrative is Extremely Interesting too. I heard that the Mountain Blew out Sideways , before Melting off its Top.. (Under Correction) Excellent...More is Welcome.. Jack
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07/12/08 5:26 PM GMT
Super Wow! Great colors.
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What do you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?
07/12/08 6:05 PM GMT
Fantastic shot, PJ!... Almost a ('Salvador Dali') surrealistic scene!
Very well done!
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07/12/08 6:18 PM GMT
Beautiful Shot PJ. Not much more I can say about it except...WOW! Going straight to Favs.

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07/12/08 6:43 PM GMT
Great shot PJ, I really like the pointing tree. what I remember most about when it erupted back in 1980 was the ash fallout. It turned the skys gray for days here in N.Y. and even left ash covering everything,it was all over my car, I remember even smelling it. Amazing that something all the way across the country could have that kind of effect here.
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07/12/08 7:47 PM GMT
Perhaps you could call that a petrified tree PJ
It certainly does look like a long collapsed arm with pointing fingers, it seems old Jimmy Carter flew over the disaster scene. He was a rare president because he loved peace, & most Americans loathed him. :o(
A very dramatic shot indeed, well done. :o)
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07/12/08 9:01 PM GMT
Everything has been said, so I'll just add this is an amazing capture. I can only imagine the feeling one gets when viewing this scene in person. Very well done PJ.
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07/12/08 9:09 PM GMT
Really a very impressive picture. Very well done
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07/12/08 9:45 PM GMT
The landscape and colors are really nice,it is a really good picture.
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07/12/08 10:02 PM GMT
beautiful clear shot PJ, really a beauty:))
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07/12/08 10:06 PM GMT
'Nuther good'un, PJ. Somewhere in one of my scrapbooks is a picture of the mountain as it was in '77. It looks so different with that gaping depression.
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07/12/08 11:47 PM GMT
You don't have to apologise for these wonderful and fascinating pictures of Mount St Helens as they are all wonderful and this is no exception.
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07/13/08 12:13 AM GMT
Your placement of that tree is perfection.This is a super clear and detailed photo with excellent color.I have a black background with a 1920x 1200 setting.Placing a smaller photo on this 24 inch LCD without stretching leaves a jet black border on either side.This photo is awe inspiring viewed like this.FAV!.
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07/13/08 12:36 AM GMT
Very creative, and I love the idea of the tree pointing to the mountain. Excellent shot!
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Life is short. Enjoy!
07/13/08 12:43 AM GMT
Even in the midst of destruction, there's beauty to be found! As everyone else said, excellent comp. PJ.
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Rumors of my death have been greatly exagerated! C):-)
07/13/08 1:39 AM GMT
~ Fascinating capture & narrative!
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07/13/08 3:05 AM GMT
wow..faved...nothing more to say!
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07/13/08 4:34 AM GMT
Looks so barron, but still beautiful.
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07/13/08 4:50 AM GMT
Last one? Why? You have found the beauty in the desolation and educated us along the way. Thank you, PJ, for sharing these remarkable shots with us.

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07/13/08 5:45 AM GMT
Now this is just fantastic photography. Nothing more can be said. You aced it, Peej. You get better every day :)
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07/13/08 6:54 PM GMT
I am loving the shots from your vacation PJ, nice composition in this and a great view
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07/13/08 7:09 PM GMT
WOW...excellent capture:)
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07/13/08 8:33 PM GMT
WOW, wonderful capture.. great clarity and awsome view.. thanx for the info

Susan & Marietha
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07/13/08 8:40 PM GMT
So many comments here already PJ, so let me just say..I agree!
Very well done!
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07/13/08 11:52 PM GMT
I have to agree with all the comments above as well PJ, this is an outstanding shot indeed. Faved as soon as I saw it.
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07/14/08 3:16 AM GMT
Such a beautiful scene PJ. The voters have done their job on this one, although it should be even higher. Love the tree in the foreground with the Mt. in the background. It looks like a cannon that has been firing from its post and created all the havoc you see on the earth. Very intriguing Peej. You were number 69 of all the comments I need to make before I am caught up.

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07/14/08 5:14 AM GMT
Powerful image Pat...very well your description of this also...gerry
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07/14/08 2:07 PM GMT
The history of Helen makes this picture al the more interesting!
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07/14/08 5:49 PM GMT
Beautiful shot PJ, a very telling photo.
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07/14/08 6:26 PM GMT
Wonderful, PJ. Couldn't be better.
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07/14/08 6:53 PM GMT
i agree with the voters ;o)
96 speak for itself!
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07/14/08 8:13 PM GMT
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07/14/08 8:37 PM GMT
Great perspective, crystal clear shot, it really tells a story...congrats on an excellent capture, PJ.
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07/15/08 5:21 AM GMT
A "lunar wasteland"... but still there is an austere beauty here. Nice composition and colors.
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07/15/08 4:23 PM GMT
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07/16/08 2:49 PM GMT
It's a real master photo !!
...nothing more to say... ; )
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07/17/08 12:32 AM GMT
wonderful shot !!
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07/19/08 12:37 AM GMT
WOAH! This is just amazing, I can't say enough so I'll just throw it into my favorites bin and return to view it in awe.!

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"Real vision is the ability to see the invisible" Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels
07/20/08 6:58 PM GMT
Astounding and eerily beautiful image!!! Way to go, PJ! Faved for absolutely sure...
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07/22/08 2:40 AM GMT
I'm catching up to these amazing shots, PJ! Wow this one really is amazing! Beauty and destruction all at once. An amazing world it is and you've captured this awesome scene so wonderfully well. I also like the new avie!
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07/22/08 5:06 PM GMT
Great use of old weathered tree in the foreground of Mt St Helens. So that's where you went on vacation. I visited Mt St Helens in 1982 all the trees were laying in one direction on the ground like match sticks and covered in grey ash. Super shot PJ!
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07/24/08 2:22 PM GMT
Nice shot its very pretty.I like the colors there pretty.

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07/24/08 9:35 PM GMT
I agree with Rockin Randy...+faves...=D
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07/27/08 7:01 AM GMT
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08/02/08 11:39 PM GMT
Wow PJ. you outdid yourself on this one. This is one gorgeous capture. A keeper. The composition is superb. That dead tree truck is pointing towards the still living and breathing mountains. Wonderful. And, what a C-score. Congrats.
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08/12/08 4:14 AM GMT
I've gotta say: this is a great shot! But what moves me even more, is the combination with your title. That really moves me and makes it a story rather than just an image. So glad you shared this: Ricky.
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08/23/08 6:01 PM GMT
Very nicely composed with great color. Glad I got to see it.

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09/12/08 3:58 PM GMT
the blue of the sky is amazing. Beautiful.
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01/06/09 8:31 AM GMT
Nice! interesting and well executed.
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05/15/09 1:19 AM GMT
What an amazing image, Peej. Bravo :)
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07/25/09 2:22 AM GMT
I went to St. Helens when I was a kid. The devastation blew me away even then. Looking at Spirit Lake and seeing how half of it is completely covered with logs like an extention of the land... Very moving. Growing up in Oregon where ash fell pretty thick from explosion we were taught a song in kindergarten.
Helen ain't a saint no more.
No Helen ain't a saint to more.
She couldn't hold that fire,
Deep down inside her.
Helen ain't a saint no more.
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