Lake Quinault

2006 Mar 19

We stayed at Lake Quinault for a couple of days. It is in the Washington rain forest and gets several yards (meters) of rain every year. It only rained a bit of the time that we were there, so we were able to get out and walk a few trails.

Lawn and view of lake

The lake was beautiful.

Snow in trees on hill

There was still quite a bit of snow at higher elevations.

Waterfall through trees

And there were waterfalls all over the place.

clover leaves

Everything was green: the little leaves,

green lichen on tree

and the moss hanging from the trees.

Massive spruce you can walk up

There were some absolutely huge trees! This is the world's largest spruce tree. Notice the boy in the red shirt climbed up on the buttresses at the base.

looking up to me and the tree trunk beside

They make you feel so small beside them.

stump, springboard notches, roots around it

Many of these trees had been cut down in the past, leaving huge stumps,

large nurse log

Or decomposing logs.

Melanie by clump of tree trunks

It is so interesting how the living (even different species) and the downed are intertwined.

sunset over the lake

The calm of sunset.