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Art Show: Lichen & Moss

A Quiet Place

by Christine Wasankari

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Art: A Quiet Place by Artist Christine Wasankari

No graphic editing was done with these photographs. These are completely original. In this photo: A quiet little place in the riot of green. This little spot is part of an ancient burl acting as nurse log with the beautiful Oxalis, Deer Fern, Common Scissor Leaf Liverwort and the Cat-Tail Moss among others as decoration. One can only hope to plan such a beautiful landscaping display.

There are other mosses and lichens on the tree as well, as these trees carry just about everything you can imagine. But it's a symbiotic relationship as most of these (other than sheer weight over time) do not damage the trees...believe it or not. :-)

Check out the rest of my Northwest Rainforests Portfolio for more in this series!

The western side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state receives upwards of 240+ inches of moisture a year. The temperate rainforest's that result are some of the most spectacular and diverse in the whole of the Pacific Northwest. and a large part of the most extensive and impressive example of temperate rainforests in world.

This area is special because a large area was designated National Park (Olympic National Park) and thus protected from over usage of natural resources. The old growth forests here are hundreds to thousands of year old and have a truly primordial feel. A step into our past, it is well worth the visit. The quiet, the solitude, and the overwhelming amount of flora and fauna is without compare.

There are hundreds of varieties of true moss, clubmoss, peatmoss, liverwort, (yes, they are all different) and lichen in this area, some occur nowhere else in the world.

Rather than give a dissertation on every single of the above mentioned species (I'd be here for a long time) I will just mention a few of the noticeable variety that show in each image of this portfolio.


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