Faces in the Maritime Forest

When a narrow trail opens to reveal a peek at the surf zone and the Pacific beyond, it’s easy to forget the forest. There are faces in the emerald frame- shore pine Pinus contorta,  salal Gaultheria shallon, and Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis. They’re at home on the exposed outer coast, tolerant of its salt spray.

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Forest faces offer more than a frame for a soft sunrise. Here’s some wisdom I happened across while researching this post.

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A Face in the Crowd