There's a short path leading from the parking area directly to this little gem of a lake. I'm not really sure why it's classified as a lake. It seems more like a pond to me. Is there some sort of official classification for bodies of water when naming them? Where is the defining line between a pond and and lake?
The "lake" is spring fed and this is believed to be the origin, not from volcanic processes as the name would suggest. That sounds like more misleading nomenclature to me. The lake is a LIE, I tell you. However, don't let that dissuade you from visiting if you are in the area. It's quite the package of pretty and easliy accessed for the less athletically inclined sightseers.
It was a crisp autumn day, and we had set out upon a mission to find and photograph the fall color in the mountains. Seeing as we hadn't really explored the south side of Mount St. Helens yet, we decided that would be a good place to begin our quest.
Alas, the leaves were just starting to turn so there wasn't very much in the way of brilliant warm tones in the trees. However, there seemed to be an over abundance of mushrooms.
This particular one I missed seeing on the way in, but it caught my eye on the way out. Bright, beautiful, and orange, just like a little forest jack-o-lantern.
I think the species is an orange variety Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) which is quite poisonous.
Technical Details Aperture Value: f/7.1 Focal Length: 55mm Exposure Program: Aperture Priority ISO: 200 Shutter Speed Value: 1/100 sec Location: June Lake Trail, Mount St. Helens Volcanic National Park, Washington