Monday, December 30, 2013

The Hoh Rainforest


We took a trip to the Hoh Rainforest.  It's located within the Olympic National Park.  It is about a 3-1/2 hour trip from Port Townsend.  It was a sunny day, but when we hiked some of the trails, it was still dripping wet from all the branches.  The Hoh Rainforest gets 12 to 14 feet of rain in a year...and most of it falls during the winter season.  There are a variety of trees including the Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock.  They can grow over 300 feet tall, and 20-plus feet in diameter.  
 
 
The trail name speaks for itself.
 
 
  
Lots of tropical looking ferns and lush vegetation
 
Within the Hoh Rainforest, it is not uncommon to see trees growing up out of fallen logs. These are called "nurse logs" and help seedlings grow by providing a solid foundation and nutrients for roots, while boosting them off the forest floor and above the competition with other seedlings. 



 This is what the trees look like when the 'nurse log' finally decays and disappears.

 

View looking up at these tall trees.  This one is well over 200 feet tall.





 
 









3 comments :

Davi said...

Such beautiful pics! So much green, I love all the moss. SO different thena here in the desert~ Hope you and Linda had a great restful New Years day ;)

Carol Blackburn said...

What an awesome post. My grandson Jacob looked at your photos with me and said "that's pretty cool." The moss on the trees looks rather eerie. We learned about the "nurse log" and why the trees look like they are standing off the ground. What a great education. Thanks for all the wonderful information. Jacob called me "weird" when I pointed out that that right end of the nurse log looks like an alligator. Can you see it?

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Don't know about trees but they are sure very cool!!!!!