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According to the Olympic National Park website, the rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula are some of the most spectacular examples of primeval temperate rain forest in the lower 48 states. These rain forests once stretched from southern Oregon to southeast Alaska, but little remains outside of protected areas. The region gets 150 inches of rain every year and with moderate temperatures trees grow amazingly big. And there’s not just trees. Shrubs and ferns and fungi of all types are prolific and often seen growing out of trees and dead logs. Some logs are known as ‘nurse logs’ and support an entire group of trees and other plants. We spent part of a day in the Hoh Rain Forest and were also able to explore a bit of the rain forest near Crescent Lake and along the coast.

 

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Maple trees

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Mixed conifers

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It’s a long ways up there

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Alders growing close to the river

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Another gnarled maple

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Nurse log

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We walked this trail

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I don’t know if these are mosses or something else?

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Moss spores

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And lichens on an old fence

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Ferns grow everywhere!

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Out of tree trunks

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Way above me

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And out of a small branch

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This tiny mushroom was barely an inch tall

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Lots of big three-leaf clovers

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Skunk cabbage grows and blooms where there is standing water

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A tiny blossom – possible another berry?

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Sapsucker holes

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Pacific Wrens serenaded us everywhere

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Have you heard of Salmon in the Trees? I found this salmon jaw under a big tree. We were nearly a mile from the river.

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2 Comments

  1. Love “traveling” with you, learn so much, see so much. Thank you.

  2. Lovely pictures…..Love all the detail


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