Welcome to the Pacific coastal temperate rainforest, among the largest wettest, non-tropical areas in the world. It is full of living and decaying material and life—trees, mosses, fungi, lichen, shrubs, soil, vertebrates and invertebrates. It’s an amazing and rare ecosystem, covering less than 1% of the earth’s surface.

This image is the quintessential image of a temperate rainforest—a high coniferous canopy, a forest floor of moss, rocks and ferns, a little creek meandering through, fallen dead trees, leaves, and branches.

I love this image for the thousand shades of green in it.

And if you’re wondering where it is, it’s a little creek off Grant Lake trailing into the Koksilah River here on Vancouver Island.

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