in the land of beauty

another week has gone by with no photos posted… or is it two weeks? my ability to keep track of the progression of time has declined this month – which is going to be over in a couple of days. what? how is it that the days can feel so long, yet the months fly by? i know what the Doctor would say…

people assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.

for the non-whovians out there, that is from the episode titled Blink in season three. a completely fantastic episode. seriously if you like things that are good you should watch Doctor Who.

on to the photos. allow me to step up on a mini sized soap box for a sentence or two… areas like the cathedral grove on vancouver island, as pictured below, give the impression of intact forest stands and ecosystems. the reality is that very often there is extensive logging going on just out of view from the roads and easily accessible sights. for my thesis I will be learning what I can about sustainable forest management, and I hope develop some more informed opinions on this type of activity and superior alternatives to old growth logging…

now on to the pretty

this is totally where the fairies would live

i spot some deciduous trees among the conifers

some of you may remember my intense new-found love for douglas fir trees. it is in part because mature trees have the most fantastic corky bark. look at it. it is fantastic. look at it some more

this tree easily fits a dave or jen sized person inside – standing upright with plenty of clearance.

for a sense of scale see the photo below

dear moss:
you are super cool
love jen

a throne fit for Rakoth Maugrim, the Unraveller. that’s right i can make obscure literary references. by the way if you haven’t already (which you probably haven’t) read the fionavar tapestry series. it is fantastic

tree growing out of a dead tree. such is the cycle of life

the main attraction at cathedral grove… the largest tree in the park estimated at being 800 years old

yup, it’s big

i can scratch that off my bucket list now. yes, hug a centuries old tree was on my bucket list. but don’t think i am done with my tree hugging ways – oh no no

we were here

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