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Avatar Grove #1

Posted by Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 20 June 2017 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This is a protected area of ancient forest a short drive from the small village of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island. Logging has long been the main employment opportunity here, but with the shrinking percentage of old growth temperate rainforest and a burgeoning tourist influx, it may not be too late to protect and cherish some of these very special places. Tress here can be as old as a thousand years and reach towering heights in excess of 250 feet. One must traverse logging roads and some fairly steep and muddy forest floor terrain to access this grove, but to say it is well worth it is to issue a huge understatement. My second visit to the grove occurred this past May, when my brother Curt and I were fortunate enough to have both the Upper and Lower groves all to ourselves. I will share a lengthy serial now, for tree lovers, nature lovers, and people who crave the sight of Nature with a reduced human footprint. To discourage visitors from disturbing the ancient forest floor, the main trails are marked and in the Upper grove there are rudimentary "staircases" placed here and there. I gave my little Canon Powershot to Curt so that between the two of us, we could capture a nice cross section of the views. Here you see me dwarfed by a gigantic trunk.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS 1/20 second F/5.6 ISO 1600 20 mm

avatar-grove | vancouver-island | trees

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Incredible details and textures!! Incorporating the photographer here really gives the enormous sense of scale.

21 Jun 2017 12:00am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

je l'ai vu

21 Jun 2017 1:54pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Amazing pic !

21 Jun 2017 2:48pm