in the land of the ancients

quinault forest

back into the deep forest

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the olympic rain forest – it’s not raining, today. there are wildfires, over the next ridge

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here, in the quinault basin, it’s quiet, deep, old..

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the width of 1000 rings, the annual circles of the growth go wide, far beyond our reach

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what have they seen? each ring, holds the tracings of our ancestors, long passed on

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the largest western red cedar, the largest sitka spruce – the ancients, towering, embracing, protecting, and watching all that has been

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hurricane force winds, lightning strikes, floods, earthquakes, droughts, fires – and yet they stand, alive. stepping into the hollow of the cedar, a sacred place, this cathedral of life
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these trees that surround us still, only 100 years old, the protected ones, now.

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we are grateful for their presence.

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3 Responses to “in the land of the ancients”

  1. Absolutely stunning photographs! Really good editing quality 🙂 Iceland must have been beautiful! I am currently working in the Lofotr Viking museum in Northern Norway making bows and arrows and sailing a replica Viking longship, but after seeing your site, maybe I will go Iceland after my current adventure in Lofoten is complete! Cod you maybe give me some advice on my photos? http://Www.archaeofox.com

    • Archaeofox – that is an amazing structure, that long house longship. Grateful for your note, and Iceland is stunning – you can’t take a bad picture there. I like to shoot 16×9 wide frame format with a very simple digital point and shoot (Canon S120) and then some punch up of contrast and color on iPhoto or sometimes camera+ app on the iPhone. I just returned to Iceland again on the solstice and this time went north the the westfjords – remote, powerful, beautiful. Happy adventuring..

      • Wow thanks! Yeah iPhoto is cool! Last night we were at a place called Eggum, for the last real midnight sun blood red! I’ll post some pictures soon 🙂

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