Inspiring Heights - Tyson Fisher

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Fire Mountain

My second attempt at photographing the growing lava dome inside Mount St.Helens at night began 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 a night in which there would be no moonlight and climbed by headlamp to the summit rim. After arriving around midnight I went to work and made several exposures from 30min up to a full hour. Mount St.Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

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