A view a bit further north and east of the mountain but well within the 230 square mile (596 square kilometer) blast zone. If you look carefully at the distant hillside, you'll see the bleached gray remains of the mighty trees that were knocked down by the blast and subsequent pyroclastic flows 33 years ago.
I was able to drive around the area some months after the eruption and remember it as a very lunar looking landscape. Even then, you could find pockets of trees that were protected by rock outcrops that deflected the blast and searing gases. Plant and animal life have been reclaiming the area ever since.
Johnston Ridge Observatory
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument