Posted on 08/29/2014

Photo taken on July 26, 2014

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The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 4

The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 4
Continuing the story of a backpack through a virgin rain forest, long since "harvested."

This is a thing that amazed me.

The desert is one of my personal habitats. Over the years I had seen two flash floods in super-dry country. And now here was a flash flood in the middle of a rain forest!

A few hours before, we rock-hopped across a trickle of water in this deep stream bed. Later, the whole gully silently, suddenly, filled with water.

I thought about it. Desert flash floods occur when there is a local cloudburst on high ground, and the water rushes down through bedrock and baked-clay beds, unable to sink in. Here in the rain forest, we had been hiking in nothing more than a light drizzle, but there must have been a cloudburst in the mountains west of us. The water was unable to sink in because the soil was already saturated.

We all made a mental note: no matter how difficult it is to find a bedsite on such a rough forest floor, never put your bed in a “dry” gully in the rain forest.

To see other pages of this photo story, check out my album "The Great Trees of Haida Land" .

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Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful shot.
4 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautifully captured.
4 years ago.