When Mount St. Helens erupted 31 years ago, everything for many miles around was devastated. All living things were gone. Today, the fallen trees are a reminder of that time. A flotilla of tree trunks still covers about 1/4 of Spirit Lake today.
On the land, the tree trunks are slowly becoming compost. They are surrounded by a rush of color - green, white, purple and red, as life returns to the slopes around Mount St. Helens.