Posted on 08/29/2014

Photo taken on July 26, 2014

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The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 5

The Great Forests of Haida Land, 1976, page 5
This is a series about a backpack trip through a British Columbia rain forest before it was "harvested."

I'm advised that I should mention that there were no trails in this great forest, in fact no sign that any human had ever been there before us.

Doesn't look too hard to walk through... Right? Blaaattt...WRONG! Aside from roped climbing, this is the most difficult wilderness traveling I ever did.

The soft green spagnum moss blanketed the ground everywhere. Invisible under that gentle-looking, leveling moss carpet were endless slick wet boulders and slippery, sometimes rolling, logs.

I began to understand why the original native cultures were ocean-oriented, why the early people lived on the beaches, faced their handsome totem poles seaward and turned their backs on the rest of the island. And, in their stories, their scariest mythological creatures lumbered about in the dark forest, not in the familiar sea.

More tomorrow.

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Larry He's So Fine
Larry He's So Fine
Yes hard slogging and easy to lose your bearings in.
4 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful landscape image.
4 years ago.