20 Jul 17 When Mt St Helens erupted in May of 1980, all the environmental experts agreed that it would be a full decade before even the simplest forms of life would be seen on the devastated hillsides. It was stated over and over until whomever was discussing the eruption would repeat the unchallenged facts that the damage had been so great that all life forms had been totally annihilated. The very next spring the hill sides were covered in flowers, the most prevalent of which was Fireweed, Epilobium angustifolium. Around our part of the PNW Fireweed and Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, tend to carpet the ground rather quickly anytime the ground is cleared by any form, natural or man related. The photo I sent a couple weeks back of Foxglove was taken of a hillside that was recently clear cut for timber with the result that these two plants have sprung up to hold the ground. Fireweed can be found growing alongside many of our local roads as well as in much of the logged off areas in the Olympic Peninsula. This shot was taken along the side of Hwy-104 last week while we were taking the cherubs out to enjoy a couple of waterfalls. It being Theatrical Thursday I thought I'd present it as a painting instead of a straight shot. The link above will show you a couple of lovey straight shots of the flower if desired.
I've cropped the original image some for composition, given the sky a wee bit of contrast enhancement, and of course converted it to a painting. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 400; 1/1600 sec @ f / 9.