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Christine Wasankari

Clallam Bay WA USA

Oregon Beak Moss and Tree Moss

Art: Oregon Beak Moss and Tree Moss by Artist Christine Wasankari

No graphic editing was done with these photographs. These are completely original.

In this photo: A close up of Oregon Beaked Moss and Tree Moss on a fallen log, or "Nurse Log" the new nursery for brand new baby trees. Young vine leaf maple leaves are seen in the background.

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.

Check out the rest of my Northwest Rainforests Portfolio for more in this series! This is where I live...


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