Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Giant Sitka Spruce

Giant Sitka Spruce by andiwolfe
Giant Sitka Spruce, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.

Steve is standing at the base of the tree for size scale. This giant Sitka spruce tree is at Cape Perpetua, Oregon. The old growth forest is gone except for some old trees that were left standing in various ravines and gullies. One can only imagine what the primeval forest was like before logging removed these ancient trees.

For comparison, here's what the after logging forest is typically like in the coastal range of Oregon - that is, if it's not been planted in Douglas Fir.

Spruce forest

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