Describe an Alien Landscape


An Old Friend
Try to be creative and describe an alien planet landscape including the mood of the atmosphere and the relationship between the planet and the life that exists.
There doesn't have to be intelligent life but there should be flora and fauna.
Include weather systems, chemical reactions, star shine qualities and mineral contents.
A few years ago I had a chance to visit some of the Hawaiian islands and at one spot we were able to walk in a area that used to be lush green and now is covered cooled lava. It is anything like most terrains on Earth. If I woke up in the middle of that field, I'd be questioning what planet I was on.