Big Trees!

Sitka Spruce in Olympic National Park

In the Hoh Rainforest the trees were impressive, but the rain was even more impressive.  It pressed down on me.  I thought I was in the shower at times.  The droplets were fine, yet there were so many of them, so close together, we got a soaking.  Constant water. Everywhere. Our first night in the tent I must admit I felt fear.  The rain was so heavy, I thought it might pound our tent to the ground.  Or else the floods would lift us up and carry us out to sea.  I wanted earplugs to stop out the sound of that rain.  But morning finally came and only one out of three sleeping bags got wet, not bad odds.  Drippy moss, rainy leaves.  Photography was difficult, the lens was splattered with droplets.  There was a beautiful green glow.  So much life, from the tiniest square inch to the towering trees, everything was growing.  Native salal was everpresent, up to my eyes with it’s lovely dark green leaf.  Evergreen huckleberry was huge as well, just starting to show off it’s little, still green, fruits.   But the big trees were a sight to behold.  Unimaginably wide, unbelievably tall.  Outlasting us all.  Luckily, the park has signs directing visitors to some of the largest trees.  My kids asked ‘do we have to stop at every tree?’  Yes, we had to, and here they are!

Western Red Cedar with a thin strip of living bark.

Western Red Cedar Near Lake Quinault

Inside a still living Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar near Kalaloch

Western Red Cedar….So Big!

Hoh Rainforest

Sitka Spruce, Can’t see the top, it’s too far away!

11 thoughts on “Big Trees!

    1. rainyleaf Post author

      The campground was great, but our spot was really dark because of the forest. We had to keep breaking out onto the beach to see the sun. It was a perfect way to celebrate the fourth of July…enjoying this beautiful land!

  1. Alison

    Wow! That must have been quite a trip! We visited the peninsula recently too, but didn’t make it into the Hoh Rainforest. Have you done the walk out to Cape Flattery? That was wonderful!

    1. rainyleaf Post author

      Hi Alison, Haven’t been to Cape Flattery yet, but hope to soon! Oh, if only vacations were longer…..but now it’s back to work!

  2. Cathy

    Absolutely wonderful! What amazing trees! I should love to stand beside one. It must make you feel very small and insignificant! Thank you so much for posting these photos! 😀

    1. rainyleaf Post author

      Hi Cathy, I wonder, are there any old growth forests with big trees where you live in Germany? It’s funny, but I didn’t feel small, but rather like I was standing with some really big friends, I felt quite at home.

      1. Cathy

        As far as I know there is nothing like this in Germany. There are isolated trees like oak, linde or beech said to be a thousand years old, but no ancient forests. The Black Forest and the Bavarian Forest do have some wonderful trees though, and cover enormous areas.

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