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After digging and cleaning our razor clams one day we went to the Quinault Rain Forest. It rained. Not too much while we were outside but it did rain. It probably rains there most days. How else would it ever be so green? And how many shades of green are there? It’s really amazing to wander in these green places and feel the moisture and breathe the clean air. We enjoyed the songs of Pacific Wrens and Varied Thrush. On the river we saw Harlequin Ducks.

Some stuff from the beach. The blue jellyfish-like creatures are Velella velella, also know as by-the-wind sailors. Sometimes they get caught up in off-shore winds and end up on the beaches, dying and leaving a slippery and if it’s warm enough, stinky mess. Fortunately for us, it was not warm when we were there. You can read about them here. The first time I saw them, there were one or two here and there and by the time I left the beach, vast swaths of sand were covered with them.

 

We spent most of last week at the beach.

This ponderosa pine tree was severely burned in the Carlton Complex wildfire in 2014 and it is still alive and even vigorous. It has the remains of a metal notice indicating that it was an official bearing tree, marking an old survey line. I wonder if anyone even uses these bearing trees anymore since many people have some form of a GPS in their pockets?

Trees are amazing.

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