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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.

A trip through Northern California is not complete without a visit to the Redwoods. We stopped in one of the many Redwood State Parks and also the National Park. Lighting for tree photography was nearly as bad as it could be with high bright¬†sunshine so I didn’t spend much time making images of the massive trees. It was good enough just to stand among them. I also enjoyed the other things growing in the old forests. Of particular interest to me was a large Trillium with reddish flowers. It was new to me. I found this article about it on the California Native Plant Society blog. One visitors’ center had slabs of wood from redwood trees showing their really wide annual growth rings. Here at home on the east slope of Washington’s Cascades, tree rings are close together, nearly impossible to see and showing very slow growth.

There are a series of numbered beaches in the Olympic National Park. I have always wondered why they did not have proper names. The beach at LaPush is First Beach. The next one to the south is Second Beach. And then there is Third Beach. Imagine that. Getting to Second and Third Beaches requires a hike through the coastal rain forest; about 3/4 of a mile to Second Beach. The great thing about that is that fewer people visit these beaches and it’s possible to have a level of solitude not available at the beaches with parking lots right next to them. And fewer distractions like litter and ATV’s.

 

Trail through the forest

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Trillium

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On the beach

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Erosion from centuries of waves

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Sea weed growing on the rocks

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Sea star and anemone

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Sometimes the sea stars are in clusters

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Sea anemones

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Mussels attached to rocks

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Ruby sands

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It’s hard to leave such a beautiful place

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