Posted by: magmatist | October 28, 2012

Mount Baker Posters & Calendars for sale: “100 years of glacial recession at Mount Baker”

“Mount Baker- 100 years of Change” by John Scurlock. Click to enlarge.

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is now taking orders for a 20″ x 30″ poster commemorating a 1912 photo of the entire south side of Mount Baker. The photo was taken from the summit of Loomis Mountain, 7 miles south of Baker, by Emil D. Welsh of Bellingham. Below the 1912 photo is the identical view taken by John Scurlock 100 years later from the same spot on a cross-country expedition with NCI and MBVRC supporters. John’s photo is rendered in sepia (read the story of that effort here). Focus on both photos is excellent, and many details and changes can be picked out. Glacial recession is dramatic: the Easton has clearly receded 1.25 miles, and a glacier lobe in the headwaters of Sulphur Creek has disappeared entirely. Sandy Camp, the climbers’ camp at the head of the Railroad Grade moraine, was under glacial ice in 1912. Welsh was an advertising photographer for Diehl Ford, a major sponsor of the famous Mount Baker marathons. It was a hard multiday cross-country journey to the summit of Loomis Mountain in 1912. Perhaps Welsh intended his photo to be used as publicity for the marathon.  Or maybe he just did it for fun, like we did. Read the November 5th 2012 Bellingham Herald article on the re-creation of the photo.

Detail from the 1912 Welsh photo- the debris-covered terminus of Easton Glacier is next to the word ‘Center’, a full 1.25 miles below the 2012 terminus. Click to enlarge.

The original photo hangs in the second floor of the US Forest Service offices in Sedro Woolley, out of the public eye.

The 20- x 30-  inch poster is a high quality print. It may be ordered in two styles:

Backed with stiff 3 mm styrene: $60.

Unbacked photo paper poster: $35.

email orders to this address. This is not a link

Please add the shipping fee [ $7.50 per poster]. The printer will send your order directly to your address.

These look really good on your living room wall, in outdoor shops, and in offices.

To order a poster: email MBVRC and state your preference for ‘backed’ or ‘paper’. Please provide a mailing address for UPS delivery.

Proceeds from sales go to the MBVRC research grant fund.

Also available are 2013 Mount Baker calendars, featuring more photos by John. They are $25. Please order direct from the printer: Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

Cover photo by John Scurlock for the 2013 MBVRC Mount Baker volcano calendar.


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