Beached

Forests, dark rain forests with towering conifers, are the epitome of Pacific Northwest icons (well that is after salmon).  Here, hemlock, fir, cedar, yew, even pine populate the forests along with deciduous hardwoods like big leaf maple, vine maple, and red alder. Our forests have been the source of income/wealth, the bed of controversy (owls vs loggers), but really they are foremost the root of our cultural heritage and the foundation of a unique habitat that’s home to many unique and fascinating species of plants (Pacific yew, mosses, mushrooms) and animals (spotted owls, marbled murrelets, red voles, slugs). But as the wind blows and tides flow logs and timber roll into waterways and then onto our beaches.  On some beaches they stack up like cars on a LA freeway and continue their legacy providing life to those creatures committed to decomposition.

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4 thoughts on “Beached

    • I’d imagine the beaches in Florida yield interesting trees too. Perhaps, wood or palm trees from the tropics.

      Glad these photos could recall some good memories of the PNW for you.

    • Thank you, there was a wealth of polished logs on this beach. That third photo is of a tree, that while it was in the woods would be what we call a Wolf Tree. Picture it as a seedling, likely the first to establish itself in a disturbed site, allowing it to produce many thick and sturdy lower branches. As it aged, other trees grew up around it and those branches became stubs densely covered in moss. Indeed owl and vole habitat!

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