Friday, August 22, 2008

WA state trip - the rainforest

Yep, rainforest. Olympic national park is home to the only rainforest in the lower 48 states. It's not a tropical rainforest, but a moderate one. So no, no moneys and macaws, but still some very unique plant life, animals and lots of rain.

this here is a tree that has fallen and turned into a host for other plants. Since greenery is everywhere, there's no room on the ground, and plants all compete to thrive, they jump on this thing and start growing. This one is pretty new, but you can see 4-5 trees in areas in a perfect line, all grown from a host log like this one.

To the left is a maple tree, doesn't look like much of one, but it most certainly is. The picture on the right I took to show my uncle and cousin who own a payphone business. I later decided that I loved the picture.

pictures don't do this place justice, it was so amazing. The rain made it hard to photograph too.

Here is a nice trail. This shot sucks me in and makes me want to explore some more. Note, not all the trails were like this, this is just one area of the enormous national forest.

-Jonny Carroll

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