It’s been a little while since I’ve shared any photos or done a Top 10. I’m still in love with the dark forest, but I’ve been rediscovering color and light, even in the darkness. I felt inspired this year to share some new work.
Carolita and I have been pretty busy helping document our legacy forests on the Olympic Peninsula that are on public land and threatened with clear-cut logging. We joined up with a great coalition of locals and non-profits and created Elwha Legacy Forests – to raise awareness of our threatened Elwha River watershed, the climate crisis and our crashing biodiversity. We recently celebrated our first victory with the “Power Plant” timber sale being canceled!
Here’s my Top 10 favorite photos I took this year, in chronological order:
Hiking off trail through the “On the Line” forest took us on a journey through time, from the hulking cathedrals of the old growth stumps that were cut over a hundred years ago and burnt out, to the still old, mature trees that would have been our future old growth. Unfortunately, they’re going to start clear-cut logging this amazing forest any day.
Howe Creek is so easy to miss when driving towards the Enchanted Valley trailhead. Carolita glimpsed it from the passenger seat as we drove over a small curved bridge and shouted for me to stop the car! We backed up and I was able to get this shot from the bridge, as the sun rose through the foggy morning.
Carolita, Erin and Kate (Wandering Joy Campground) embrace the old growth in the DNR’s “Shore Thing” timber sale. We’re still holding out hope that this magnificent, mature forest near Lake Sutherland can be saved before the planned 2028 timber sale. These legacy, temperate rainforests do so much for our planet and biosphere and are critical solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis!