After all these years since the original eruption of volcanoes throughout Northern Arizona, the landscape today looks surprisingly similar. Cinder fields, dark lava flows and volcano cones dot this region of the southwest. This photo was taken at Sunset Crater National Monument outside Flagstaff. I was struck by the contrast and variety of colors I saw, and by the abundance of flowering plants and bushes all over the massive cinder fields. Mother Nature has a way of recovering from even the worst events.