Tony Visits the Volcano...
Photos by Tony Sirgedas

A Peek Inside Mount St. Helens by Tony...

     I got the chance to go up in the mountains above Riffe Lake on Thursday, March 10 for a peek at Mount St. Helens.  No real activity there, but a nice view. In it from this angle you can easily see the new dome  behind the older one. 

Two Domes...

     Here is a closeup of the crater and the two domes, the new one is the grayish white lump that looks like a whales back  and all the dark stuff in the shadows on the left is also new growth in the volcano.

October 4, 2004...

     And now for comparison this shot from October 4th, 2004 when the latest activity first started and the new dome had just started to grow from the crater floor.... this is a pretty dramatic change.



No Wonder We Love
 Our Mountain...


                                                                                                           (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

    December 19, 2004: Tony says, "How's this for a lousy December weather day? With a new record high temperature for the day, Mount Rainier was putting on quite a show as it reflected in Rapjohn Lake. Coming over Graham Hill this morning on my way home a steam plume from Mount St. Helens was also visible." This just in from Tony: This picture was selected and shown on King 5's weather photos during this evening's newscast. Way to go Tony!



The Calm Before the Storm


                                                                                                    (photo by Tony Sirgedas)

      November 17, 2004: Tony says, "Before it's blown away by the impending storm.  I hope it gets a bunch of new snow with this bit of weather coming in."



Moody Mountain...
Photos by Tony Sirgedas

   Lenticular clouds over Mount Rainier. These clouds are formed when "masses of air flow over massive mountains" making mountain waves much the same as water ripples around a rock coming out of the water. The invisible waves create beautiful, outstanding cloud formations familiar to fortunate folks who live enough to "massive mountains" to enjoy the interesting,  graceful and often seemingly static cloud formations.

Clouds Look Like a Golden Eruption

  Sunday's sunset with lenticular clouds over Mount Rainier  produced an even more spectacular sunrise on Monday morning. Both shots taken from the same place on the Mountain Highway, one mile North of Pack Forest.

 



More Awesome Wildlife Photos
 from Tony Sirgedas...

Taken August 3, 2003

     Photos taken August 3 at Northwest Trek. The pair of Bald Eagles huddle together for a group shot this morning as they kept an eye on the crows overhead.

     The striped skunk comes out to enjoy the overcast morning at Northwest Trek as did many of the other animals.

     A bighorn Mountain Sheep ram stands majestically for the tram at Northwest Trek as it goes by.  Cloudy  overcast mornings have been a real break for the Trek animals with the dry, hot weather we've been having.



Awww Alert - A Little Bit of Fun from Tony
Photos by Tony Sirgedas - July 4, 2004

Tony says, "Here's a little something I came across this morning..."

 

 




More Wild Animal Photos by Tony Sirgedas

Northwest Trek wolves in winter coat. Photos taken last November...

 

Wild Deer in Tony's Front Yard...

In the real world these relaxed deer would not be so close to wolves...

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