Sunday, June 17, 2007

Olympic Rain Forest

Why is the Olympic Peninsula so Green?
Because if is a Rain Forest!
The coastal range can have 240" of rain per year!
The skies are grey - dark grey or lightening now and then.
No wonder they are so happy when the sun does shine.

The Washington coast is not as accessible as the Oregon Coast.
We saw large flat grayish sandy beaches at Ocean Shores. We even drove the car on the beach -- Kite flying is also very popular.
This picture is at Ruby Beach - note the "stacks" (rock) out in the water.

The Hoh Rain Forest is old growth Sitka Spruce, Hemlock, Cedar and Douglas Fir reaching 240' forming the top canopy, with Red Alder, Large leafed Maple a part of the understory, and the ground covered with berries, ferns, mosses and a myriad of low plants and wild flowers. The trees are draped with a variety of air plants -- living on the trees, but getting nutrients from the air and moisture laden breezes. A pretty Spectacular walk thru time --- some trees more than 1000 years old.

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