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Old Growth Forest

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 24 January 2009 in Plant & Nature.

These wonderful old growth forests are becoming a thing of the past.

NIKON D300 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 1000 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

Ajay from Pune, India

That's really sad to know how the beauty of nature is become a thing of past day by day.

24 Jan 2009 5:34am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

May be enchanted forest ??? beautiful green tones

24 Jan 2009 5:46am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Très belle image...
La mousse ne pousse qu'au nord... est-ce vrai???
Foam does not push that in north… is true???

24 Jan 2009 7:03am

@Sof: I'm not certain, but this moss was definitely on the south side.

Marzieh from Tehran, Iran

great contrast and brightness
fresh photo!! i love it

24 Jan 2009 9:43am

Manuel from Spain

Nice the contrast between the diferent colors, but the most interesting are the range of diferents textrures.
Well done!!

24 Jan 2009 11:07am

Marcah from Quincy, United States

Must be the side that the moss grows on :) wonderful composition..

24 Jan 2009 1:58pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful nature shot.

24 Jan 2009 2:01pm

zOOm from Paris, France

I love trees for their ability to stand up for years, even centuries. They are so strong, silent and useful. Definitely not our case. (I am a little bit misanthrope, as you can see) !

24 Jan 2009 2:07pm

@zOOm: Not misanthrope, Florence; just descriptive. We have much to learn from trees. Some of us even talk to them; they are very good listeners.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Magnifique arbre chargé de mousse! Il doit être très vieux!!!

24 Jan 2009 2:20pm

@mo.langel: It is very old, Mo; and is becoming increasingly rare; this forest is protected.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Ancient secrets can be found here...if you look hard enough.
Wonderful detail and rich colours...I love this.

24 Jan 2009 3:13pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Beautiful details. colors, i like it!

24 Jan 2009 3:24pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

I've had a fair few one way conversations with trees during the journey of my life, Jack. I've also received some funny looks for my troubles! The changing times that these mighty living sculptures have witnessed, the tales they could tell, the secrets they must hold. From the 2000 year old Drago trees to the centuries old mighty oaks in the woodlands around me, to the very tree that Queen Elizabeth I played inside as a child, I have conversed with, and stroked them all.

They have never yet spoken back, but I always depart after telling them my woes, or thoughts, feeling somewhat cleansed, as though a load has been lifted, a burden shared. OK, so the men in white coats will no doubt be looking to round me up soon, but I don't care Ha ha

A lovely image, Jack, vibrant and full of life amongst the beauty of decaying leaves.

24 Jan 2009 3:27pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thank you for your extremely thoughtful comment, Paul. We have very few trees still standing in the U.S. that are as old as what you have in England. Some of your trees are incredible.

k@ from Paris, France

Feel like putting my palm over it !

24 Jan 2009 3:28pm

@k@: Go ahead, k; it would like that.

Noxeus from Girona, Spain

Hi Jack,
It's like the symbol of victory!

24 Jan 2009 4:06pm

@Noxeus: We live in a community that is very environmentally aware; in fact, Oregon as a state does pretty well.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I discover the occasional example back in some abandoned wood lot, which has escaped greed and nature.

24 Jan 2009 4:56pm

@ordinaryimages: Greed, especially, is such a killer.

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I really like the contrasts and all the textures. Nice composition with the split in the trunk

24 Jan 2009 5:22pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Oh the tales that tree could tell, if only it could. Nicely captured, Jack. I love all that great texture.

24 Jan 2009 7:15pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Yes they are. Here in the east it is believed there are no old growth forests in existence. Unbelievably, that means that every tree that was here when "Americans" first landed is no longer in existence. There is one 2nd growth forest in Pennsylvania that I really need to see someday. Great shot by the way. Old but alive in many ways. Great color and light.

24 Jan 2009 7:28pm

@dogilicious: Thank you. It is a wonderful place to hike. Two more shots from that particular hike are coming up.

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Marvelous old tree...so much character.

24 Jan 2009 7:40pm

Olivier Jules from Lanciano, Italy

very nice shot

24 Jan 2009 8:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Is that the North side of the tree? Wait, it's so wet there that moss grows on all sides. Beautiful image. I like your color and processing.

24 Jan 2009 8:45pm

@Steve Rice: Nope; it's the south side.

Ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Wonderful old tree! I like the moss. Good capture!

24 Jan 2009 10:38pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Gorgeous colors and rich details, pity these are getting harder and harder to find :(

25 Jan 2009 12:56am

Pradeep from Chennai, India

Beautiful shot, its so full of life. Love the vibrant hues and detail :)

25 Jan 2009 3:09am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

so beautiful it is a shame that we are destroying so much of our natural environment

25 Jan 2009 6:40am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

A forest into a forest:
a forest of moss which covers this trunk... magnificent.

25 Jan 2009 5:29pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

You bring awareness to what is happening to our forests. It is sad to know the reality of what is going on.
This tree has a story one that may not be able to tell but you have captured it well.

25 Jan 2009 7:05pm

lucie from san francisco, United States

beautiful photo. well done.

27 Jan 2009 8:39pm

baobab from Cambridge, United States

very nice job capturing the lushness and sense of ancient life.

28 Jan 2009 4:24am