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Christine Wasankari

Clallam Bay WA USA

Leaving the Hall of Mosses #2

This piece of art appeared as Art of the Day on 11/10/2014

Art: Leaving the Hall of Mosses #2 by Artist Christine Wasankari
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 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.

In this photo: Big Leaf Maple trees overhead carrying the ever present, Common Scissor Leaf Liverwort and the Cat-Tail Moss. The fallen trees carry Common Water Moss, Menzies Neckera, and Curly Hypnum, among others.

The trees are very tall, upwards of 75+ feet. The under-story is composed of even more lichens and mosses as well as salmonberry (favorite elk food) and ferns.

There are others 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. :-)

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