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Nature Photography: Land, Sea, Sky — SPRING. (67 Photos).

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Nature Photography: Land, Sea, Sky — WINTER. (47 Photos).

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Nature Photography: Land, Sea, Sky — AUTUMN. (51 Photos).

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Nature Photography: MAUI Hawaii, May 1988. (20 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh

Ka’anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Cockatoo, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Bronze Buddha, Thailand, 19th Century, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Bodhisattva,Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Main Pool, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Footpath, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Free Form Pool, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Lahina Roads, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Hookipa Beach, Wind Surfing, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Kaʻahumanu Church (1876), Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

In 1832, Queen Ka’ahumanu (1768-1832), the Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and an early convert into Christianity, visited Maui. She came to the site of the then-new Ka’ahumanu Church and witnessed services being presided by the church’s founding pastor, Reverend Jonathan Smith Green (1796-1878). Upon seeing the congregation, Queen Ka’ahumanu asked the Congregationalist mission to name the permanent church structure after her. The current structure, the fourth on the site, was built in 1876. It was built to honor Queen Ka’ahumanu’s earlier request using native materials in the construction in an adaptation of the New England style of Gothic architecture brought to Hawaii. The building was by Edward Bailey with Wailuku Sugar Company. The bell and three clock faces are from American clock-maker Seth Thomas and brought over in 1884 around Cape Horn. The original congregation, under the leadership of the Rev. Green, came into being in 1832 and held their first worship meetings in a shed.

Please visit the church’s website– -retrieved March 22, 2020.

Sugar Cane, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

West Maui Mountains, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Iao Needle, Iao Valley State Park Monument, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Self Portrait, Wailuku, Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988

West Maui Mountains, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Cambodian Buddha, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Evening, Maui, Hawaii, May 12, 1988.

Nature Photography: FLOWERS & GARDENS. (69 Photos).

FEATURE image: purple and white irises, May 2023. All photographs and text ©John P. Walsh.

My entire life I have always enjoyed being around flowers and gardens.

I started taking photographs of them in 2012. With so many other people everywhere, I have always enjoyed visiting and walking among the beautiful fragrances of earth’s bountiful and beautiful flora. Dangling, drooping, shooting straight up, bunches, single stem, of endlessly different shapes, sizes and colors—and places and settings—flowers and gardens embody life, creativity, and beauty. One of my earliest memories of gardens was on a childhood vacation to Jefferson’s Monticello and, in that summer’s heat, being surrounded with the scent of the boxwood shrubs. All these perennials and annuals are definitely worthwhile photographic subjects. To stroll (and bend and scrunch) among nature’s orchestra of leaves, branches, and blooms and photograph them is one of life’s pleasures.

The world of flora contains some of the most distinctive creations on the planet.

Fresh blooms are engaging, shy, forthright and protective. In their season, they exist to proffer their fleeting beauty and fragrance for the spectacular end of reproducing themselves.

I have taken photographs of many other subjects but flowers I return to again and again. It’s because flowers don’t disappoint.

Grace Kelly wrote a book on flowers called My Book of Flowers. “I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches, ” she said. “I love being part of nature…” This is one of the great things about searching for and finding flora to photograph: whether in the wild, semi-wild, in a nursery, or on the front porch or in the garden, the wonder of their presence leads to an experience of nature in its most vital form.

Grace Kelly became interested in flowers and their arrangements only in the last years of her life. It had been suggested to the American princess in the late 1960’s that as part of the festivities for Monaco’s centennial she might host a flower arranging competition, which she did. Though princess Grace admitted she “was the most ignorant garden president going,” her knowledge of flowers and gardening grew and, if only because of their shared passion for these precious blooms, she met many new friends. I too have found that I have made friends from all over the world because of our mutual love for flowers and the garden. One cannot underestimate flower power!

Most of my photographs of flowers and gardens are shot in the Chicago area.

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Chicago. Garfield Park Conservatory. 12/2017
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Petunia “Black Magic.” 5/2016
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Lombard, IL. Double Late Tulip “Dream Touch.” 5/2018
“Frederick Douglass,” multi-petaled cultivar.

Named for Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), American slave, abolitionist leader and author. Developed in 1972 by Richard Americo Fenicchia.

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Peony and cicada. 6/2020
Impatiens. 5/2018
West Dundee, IL. Fox River Walk. 8/2014
Orchids. 5/2018
Chicago. Prairie-style window in a house designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1917. 7/2015
Rockford, IL. Anderson Japanese Gardens. 7/2017
Woodridge, IL. Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata. 7/2013
West Chicago Prairie. Purple Cornflower Echinacea purpurea. 8/2013
Lemont, IL. Orange sulphur butterfly with wild clover. Water Fall Glen. 8/2013
Dekalb, IL. Ellwood House. 9/2016
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History and reportage of the amazing natural event of May 18, 1980: the eruption of MOUNT ST. HELENS, Washington.

FEATURE image: Phreatic or steam-blast eruption from the summit crater of Mount St. Helens on April 6, 1980. USGS/Public domain.

By John P. Walsh, May 18, 2016.

“Nobody lies about her lodestone any more. She burned and destroyed the whole park! Killed people too – what a pity! Only scientists are out there now. What’s there to see, dear? Isn’t it all in ruins?”

This is what the lady innkeeper told me in Portland, Oregon, before I set out in the car one early morning in July 1991 to visit the crater.

“It’s a pity she blew. It was such a pretty mountain before. WAS, I say. The kids loved camping at its base. It was so easy for them to get in and out. Then she blew and changed everything.”

I waved my good-byes and started the two-hour drive.

1980-Mt-St-Helens-BEFORE-eruption USFS Photo #15 taken before 18 May 1980 by Jim Nieland,
As seen from Spirit Lake, Mount St. Helens in 1980 BEFORE the eruption on May 18, 1980. United States Forest Service (USFS) photo by Jim Nieland. USGS/Public domain.
Earthquakes, avalanches and a ten-minute eruption on May 18, 1980 toppled nearly 4,000 feet from the mountain summit. Author’s collection. Fair use.
April-1980-a-bulge-develops-on-the-north-side-of-Mount-St_-Helens-as-magma-pushed-up-within-the-peak-pushed 450 feet bby may 18 Photo #20 by Peter Lipman
In April 1980 a bulge developed on the north side of Mt. St. Helens as magma pushed up inside it. View from the northeast. Photo by Peter Lipman. USGS/Public domain.
Phreatic or steam-blast eruption from the summit crater of Mount St. Helens on April 6, 1980. Aerial view to the southwest. The ash-laden cloud surrounds and obscures a finger-like ash column with an upper white cloud formed by atmospheric condensation of water vapor. USGS/Public domain.

At 8:32 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980, an earthquake followed by a landslide and near simultaneous volcanic blast changed forever – and in less than 10 minutes – a Cascades landscape of 230 square miles. Months before the unexpected blast, volcano watchers had camped near the mountain, including scientists and photographers, who were interested to gauge its recent unusual seismic and geological activity and capture what the mountain may do. Local property owners pressured authorities to be let back into their homes during this uncertain and, as it turned out, critically dangerous waiting period. Especially good weather brought out an extra contingent of weekend campers, backpackers and curiosity seekers to the mountain, many from Portland only 70 miles away.

Eruption Of Mt. St. Helens From Portland
Eruption of Mt. St. Helens From Portland, ending 123 years of dormancy. This is the distance from which I traveled from the B&B to the National Volcanic Monument in July 1991 which is over 100 miles away. Fair Use.

Everybody I talked to during my 1991 visit remembered 83-year-old Harry Randall Truman who lived by the mountain for over half his life and refused to leave in the days and weeks before the May 18, 1980 eruption. Not sure whether the mountain would blow or not, Truman, who served in the U.S. military in Europe in World War One, resigned himself to the mountain’s fiery whims. When the 1000-story high burbling volcano finally did blow, the avalanche and blast buried Mr.Truman, as it did Spirit Lake, in 350,000 acre-feet of fire and ash  debris. Mr. Truman’s body was never recovered nor did he represent the only loss of human life in the eruption. 

Harry Randall Truman (1896-1980), who lived by Mount St. Helens for 54 years, died in the blast when he refused to evacuate. Fair Use.
Harry Randall Truman lived less thana mile from the 1000-story Mount St. Helenswhen it erupted on May 18, 1980. Fair Use.
Reid Blackburn, 27, a photographer at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington, was killed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Blackburn got caught in the blast at Coldwater Camp. While his car and body were recovered four days later, his camera only resurfaced after a week.
In this May 17, 1980 photo, 30-year old vulcanologist David Johnston is shown in the evening at his camp near what is now known as Johnston Ridge near Mount St. Helens.
The day before the blast – in this May 17, 1980 photo – 30-year-old volcanologist David Johnston is shown in the evening at his camp near what is now known as Johnston Ridge near Mount St. Helens. A principal scientist on the monitoring team, Johnston perished while manning an observation post 6 miles away on the morning of May 18, 1980. Johnston was the first to report the eruption, transmitting “Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!” before he was swept away by the lateral blast. Johnston’s remains were never found, but state highway workers discovered remnants of his USGS trailer in 1993. Photo by Harry Glicken on May 17, 1980 at 19:00, 13 1/2 hours before the 1980 eruption. USGS/Public domain.
On Sunday, May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m., the bulging north flank of Mount St. Helens slid away in a massive landslide — the largest in recorded history. Seconds later, the uncorked volcano exploded and blasted rocks northward across forest ridges and valleys, destroying everything in its path within minutes. USGS/Public domain.
camper containing two victims of the Mount St. Helens eruption sits amidst the gray landscape about 8 miles from the mountain may 20 1980
This camper contains two victims of the Mount St. Helens eruption in a gray landscape about eight miles from the mountain, May 20, 1980. USGS/Public domain.
View downstream of the North Fork Toutle River valley choked by a debris avalanche deposit from the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. USGS/Public domain.
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Streets of Yakima, Washington, May 18, 1980. Debris clouds moved east over the state of Washington and then the rest of the Continental United States and parts of Canada for weeks. Fair use.
Taken from a rest area near Lewiston, Idaho, on May 18, 1980, Mammatus clouds caused by volcanic ash over the Palouse of southeastern Washington, north central Idaho and northeast Oregon. Photograph by Betty Ehr. Fair use.
Mount St. Helens’ eruption May 18, 1980. The image is in the public domain in the United States because it only contains materials that originally came from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). See –
Sixth in a series of photographs by Gary Rosenquist. (see- – retrieved June 24, 2021.)
Author entering the “Restricted Zone” of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in July 1991. About eight miles away, the collapsed north face of the mountain looms in the distance. Only a few months before the authorities had re-opened Mount St. Helens for the first time since the blast. It was named a National Volcanic Monument and deemed safe again for visitors. Mount St. Helens was partially destroyed by a series of earthquakes followed by the largest debris avalanche in history and a blast and pyroclastic flow that flattened everything in its path over 230 square miles. Author’s collection.

Only a few months before my July 1991 visit the authorities had re-opened Mount St. Helens for the first time in more than a decade. It was named a National Volcanic Monument and deemed safe again for visitors. After Bear Meadow I followed the prolonged twisting road to past Ghost Lake, Meta Lake and Norway Pass until I reached Independence Pass. From its overlook I saw  for the first time the ashen slough that had been Spirit Lake. For years prior to May 1980 several camps inhabited the shore around the lake’s perimeter. There had also been various lodges around the oblong-shaped lake including the one Mr. Truman lived in. On May 18, 1980 Spirit Lake met the full impact of the volcano’s lateral blast. The sheer force of the blast lifted the lake out of its bed and propelled it about 85 stories into the air to splash onto adjacent mountain slopes. Despite the weeks of warnings about a potential eruption of Mount St. Helens, the sole film records of the actual event are in photographs.

The long and winding road into the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument travels towards Spirit lake and the volcanic rim. Author’s photograph, July 1991.

At 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980 a 5.2-magnitude earthquake triggered the bulging north slope of Mount St. Helens to slice and fall away into the biggest debris avalanche in recorded history. This landslide was rapidly succeeded by the powerful lateral blast that sent scorching hot ash and rock hurtling out of the mountain at approximately 300 miles per hour, toppling and incinerating everything in its northward path. Fifteen miles away from the mountain temperatures reached Fahrenheit 572 degrees.

Spirit Lake a few days after the eruption on May 18, 1980. USGS/Public domain.

While in 2016 plant and animal life continue to recover and augment as it has for decades now,  my boots in 1991 crunched into a gray, dusty moon-like surface. From Spirit Lake to Windy Ridge I was confronted by trees flattened like toothpicks as far as the eye could see, and a cauldron emitting wispy white smoke. The base of the mountain is four miles wide. The journey had taken me from civilization and delightful wilderness into mile upon mile of  badlands. My bodily presence was miniature in an immense, silent, and deserted landscape, the scene only a decade earlier of the most powerful natural event in the Continental United States in over one thousand years. While I heard some people talk about this volcanic eruption as comparable in its destructive power to that of a detonated atom bomb, I know that sort of comparison is ludicrous. For all its destructive force, this is not a disaster as it contains, if one requires patience to believe it,  a natural benignity – or what scientists  call a natural disturbance on a grand scale which allows mankind to study the natural cycle of death and life in a landscape. An atom bomb provides none of that -it only bestows extinction and contamination.

“The standing dead” by Rudimentary is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 
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A gray, dusty moon-like surface with trees flattened like toothpicks as far as the eye could see. At Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Author’s photograph, July 1991.

Ash and gas, accompanied by lightning, ascended 15 miles into the air at the speed of a mile a minute. In a blast that killed 57 people – many of whom were there to study and record its possible eventuality – it also decimated approximately 7,000 large animals and 12 million salmon. No trees of dense forest were left standing within 6 miles of the summit. Rescue operations continued for days with varied success.

Eruption of Mt St Helens May 18, 1980, Gifford Pinchot National Forest” by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region is marked with CC PDM 1.0.
Army National Guard helicopter pilot Harold Kolb rescues two men and their sons
Army National Guard helicopter pilot Harold Kolb rescues two men and their sons from the eruption of May 18, 1980. USGS/Public domain.
horse rescuers gave up their efforts as they fled for their lives as flood waters from the Toutle Rive
Army National Guard helicopter pilot Harold Kolb rescues two men and their sons from the eruption of May 18, 1980. USGS/Public domain.
mudflow deposit covers Washington State Highway 504 near the town of Toutle, northwest of Mount St. Helens, to a depth of 2m (6 ft). USGSR.L. Schuster) #
Mudflow deposits cover State Highway 504 near of Toutle, to a depth of over six feet. Photo by USGS R.L. Schuster/Public Domain.
This aerial view shown May 23, 1980 from a search and rescue helicopter
This aerial view shown May 23, 1980 from a search and rescue helicopter. USGS/Public domain.
USGS/Public domain.
SGS Photograph taken on May 18, 1980, by Austin Post/Public Domain.
Encountering a washed-out road to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center in late summer 1980.
in Moscow, Idaho more than 350 miles away (AP Photo Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Debris ash in Moscow, Idaho, over 350 miles away from the blast on May 18, 1980.
After the May 18, 1980 eruption, five more explosive eruptions took place at Mount St. Helens in 1980 including this spectacular one of July 22, 1980. Photo by Mike Doukas.
July-1980-Aerial-view-pryoclastic-flow-emerging-from-Mount-St_-Helens-craterUSGS Photo #22 taken at 701 p.m., on July 22, 1980, by Harry Glicken
July 1980 aerial view of pyroclastic flow from Mt. St. Helens. USGS Photo July 22, 1980, by Harry Glicken. USGS/Public domain.
Pyroclastic flow during August 7, 1980, Mount St. Helens eruption. The view is from Johnston Ridge, located 8 km (5 mi) north of Mount St. Helens. Photo: Peter Lipman. Public Domain.
a helicopter stirs up ash while trying to land in the devastated area on August 22nd, 1980. USGSLyn Topinka
A helicopter stirs up ash while trying to land in the devastated area on August 22, 1980. Photo by Lyn Topinka United States Geological Service. USGS/Public domain.
Fireweed with Spirit Lake n September 4, 1984
September 1984: Fireweed on the slopes of Spirit Lake four years after the eruption. Public Domain.
An eruption from Mount St. Helens on March 8, 2005. In 2016 the volcano is showing increased signs of significant seismic activity. AP Photo/USGS Matt Logan. USGS/Public domain.
In 2016 in nature it is survival of the fittest – while woody plants are beginning to appear with the promise of a forest, the boll weevil is eating the wood. Photo credit: Michael Hynes.
Mount st Helens May 18, 1980
This photo of an erupting Mount St. Helens has been published and viewed widely on television over the years since the eruption. Photo credit: Richard “Dick” Lasher.
Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), Mount St. Helens, Columbia River, Oregon, oil on canvas mounted on panel, 18 x 32 1/4 inches (45.72 x 81.92 cm), Public collection.
Scenes of the eruption and its aftermath set to music from “Mount St Helens,” a symphony in three movements by Alan Hovhaness (1911-2001), Hovhaness completed the commissioned symphony in January 1982 and it premiered in March 1982, Hovhaness who lived in Seattle at the time, wrote for his symphony: “When Mount St. Helens erupted on the morning of May 18, 1980, the sonic boom struck our south windows. Ashes did not come here at that time but covered land to the east all across the State of Washington into Montana. Ashes continued to travel all around the world, landing lightly on our house a week later, after their journey all around our planet.”
The volcano was particularly restless in the mid19th century, when it was notably active off and on for a 26-year span from 1831 to 1857. Canadian artist Paul Kane (1810–1871) painted Mount St Helens Erupting At Night in 1847 (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto). Though considered once dormant, the volcano has been continually active in degrees over the centuries as this nineteenth century painting attests, and remains so today after the major 1980 blast. Public Domain.
Mount Saint Helens today. The powerful lateral blast in May 1980 sent scorching hot ash and rock hurtling out of the mountain at approximately 300 miles per hour and resulted in toppling about 40% of the mountain’s height.Mount Saint Helens” by is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.