Articles by: Orion Ahrensfeld

September Photos by Orion

September Photos by Orion

Feeling a bit dry and crunchy this time of year? Perhaps not, but we’ve got water, water, waterfalls. This week’s photo showcase is a selection of waterfalls from Orion Ahrensfeld.

by September 6, 2011 0 comments Community
July Photos by Orion

July Photos by Orion

Each week we feature photos from our contributors at SBM. This week we feature Pacific Northwest National Parks by Orion Ahrensfeld.

by July 26, 2011 0 comments Community
Hiking Mt Rainier – Seasons

Hiking Mt Rainier – Seasons

As an avid explorer and photographer of the volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range, I’ve found that what really amazes me about them is how different they can be at different times of year. Especially Mount Rainier

by June 7, 2011 0 comments Trails
Rebirth of Mt St Helens – Part 2

Rebirth of Mt St Helens – Part 2

Special mention must of course be made for Spirit Lake, accessible only via the Harmony trail. Buried under avalanche debris and scorched by searing hot gases from the blast cloud, the lake at first was indistinguishable from the surrounding blasted landscape. Initial reports in local newspapers said the lake was “gone”, and it was only later that they determined that the felled forest and mud were simply floating on its surface.

by April 1, 2011 0 comments Earth
The Rebirth of Mt. St. Helens Part 1

The Rebirth of Mt. St. Helens Part 1

The first thing to understand when looking at a reborn Mt. St. Helens, is that the recovery has been a patchwork. Different environments and locations within the mountain have benefited in different ways depending not only on the intensity of the blast at a given location, but also dependent on topography and what the conditions were like before the eruption, as well as what new conditions have evolved as time has progressed.

by March 1, 2011 0 comments Earth
Four Hikes to See Eagles

Four Hikes to See Eagles

In order to really experience the eagles, there are a number of wild places you can easily seek them out and observe their behaviors, as well as get close enough to grab a photo or two. Viewing large numbers is a seasonal occurrence, with the majority of the eagles arriving from their long migration from Alaska from late November to late January.

by February 1, 2011 0 comments Trails