Whilst I was photographing Mount St. Helens, Suzanne was photographing me photographing the mountain. She got a great shot!
Perspective makes the grass look almost as tall as me – I don’t remember it being so high! Then again, I was completely entranced by the mountain, so maybe I just didn’t notice.
It’s not just perspective that makes Mount St. Helens look so huge. It is so huge! To give you an idea of how huge, even with nearly two thousand feet of its summit missing, check this out:
Can you see the helicopter? No? Let me crop that for you:
Yep, that wee spec is a Bell JetRanger, which is about 40 feet long. That mound of lava in the crater that looks kind of short? That’s around 1,000 feet tall. This pdf has a lot of stats on how big the dome is, all concluding: it’s huge. Yet it doesn’t even fill the crater left by the May 1980 eruption.