Photographer's Note

I took this image from the viewpoint just before reaching Johnston's Viewpoint. The day was the windiest I had experienced as it blew approx. 40-50 miles an hour in gusts. I had to choose a low-very low setting for my tripod as the wind was shaking my tripod and 10 lb. lens. You are looking at what is now the new dome and the major piece of pointed basalt that is pushing up from within the volcano. Just to the right and along the rim of St. Helens you can see a few figures that appear to be dust or dots, these were the first climbers of the day to reach the summit. Although there is only rock in the crater itself, the crater is quite beautiful in its own dark and unforgiving way.

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