Fire Mountain, 2007
My second attempt at photographing the growing lava dome at night took place on a windless evening in September. Over a year had passed since my first attempt and much had changed inside the crater. Features such as the "whaleback" and the "slab" that were prominent early on had crumbed into a giant heap. The rate of magma extrusion had slowed considerably as well. In as little as six months the eruptive phase would be officially over. I planned my hike much like I did the first one. I waited for an evening in which no moonlight would be present and climbed by headlamp to the summit rim, arriving around midnight. I made several exposures from 30 minutes up to a full hour using an aperture of 2.8 or lower. The wind began to kick up as sunrise neared, throwing small bits of pumice and ash in all direction. I hastily made my way back down the mountain. It was another memorable night spent on the summit of Mount St.Helens.
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