Mt. St. Helens, Oct. 1, 2004

Mt. St. Helens Eruption 2004

This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to October 1, 2004, at Mt. St. Helens. At 12:04 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 4, 2017, Mt. St. Helens awoke from her slumber while I was driving up Windy Ridge Road (below image).

Mt. St. Helens violently erupted at 8:32 a.m. PT on May 18, 1980, thirty seven years ago on this day, reducing the 9,677-foot peak down to 8,363. The massive pyroclastic blast flattened out vegetation over 200 square miles and sending a lahar down the Toutle River.

The eruption killed 57 people, including USGS volcanologist David Johnston and Spirit Lake lodge owner Harry Truman.

The eruption on October 1, 2004, was nothing more than a tiny belch. I remember the morning on May 18, 1980, standing along SE 10th St. overpass over I-205 and watching Mt. St. Helens shoot up a dark plume of ash.

The Cascade Park area had little development at the time, making the mountain more visible from the overpass. That was impressive stuff. I was probably a little too young to take photos at the time, though.

The Hearses of West Coast Haunters Convention

West Coast Haunters Convention Hearses

The West Coast Haunters Convention happened this past weekend in Portland, Oregon. Haunters and Halloween enthusiasts gathered at the Lloyd Center Hilton Hotel to show off props, hearses, costumes, and products for one of the most creative holidays in the year. A few other hearses were on display, but only stayed for a short time.

I did not take many photos of WCHC this year. The hearses and the werewolf masks is pretty much it.I felt it was much better to enjoy the convention and the costume ball without a camera up at my eye. It is also difficult for me to photograph while wearing a full head mask.

My photos of the werewolf masks from various vendors are featured on my werewolf website at


Columbia Hills Waterfall

Columbia Hills Waterfall

Fivemile Creek is a small creek trickling down the Columbia Hills. This scene captures Fivemile Creek trickling over the basalt rocks in Columbia Hills State Park as it flows past Dalles Mountain Road to the Columbia River.

My original plan for today was to photograph scenes at McCall Wildlife Preserve in Rowena, located across the Columbia River. After arriving at Rowena Crest, I was greeted with several large hiking groups exploring the area. I don’t mind a few people straying into my shots, but I was not looking forward to having crowds appear in my shot.