Mount St. Helens, a volcano in the Cascade range of Washington State, blew its side out on May 18, 1980
In the immensity of the blast, it caused a massive mud flow.
The evidence can still be seen in these images take in 2013. The blast completely altered the landscape and decimated the surrounding forest.
Trees were felled by the thousands as was much of the life that depended on the forest.
But life is tenacious and hangs on despite calamity.
Life is slowly returning to the landscape and it's a delight to see the different kinds of wildflowers blooming where so much destruction took place.