Reub's journey

11 September 2013

The deep green sea


There are two very different worlds nearby, both easily explored in a single weekend.


There is the Pacific ocean.




 
 And there is the the temperate rain forest.



 The forest is so deep, so dark and green that walking through it one can imagine being a tiny fish making its way through deep water, looking up at the light...





...or perhaps down at the shallow ocean floor seeing the reflection of ripples.





Moss becomes kelp floating all around, as if in a dream.





 Sap drips down like clear rain water.




 There are reefs of old trees.




 
The shelf fungus is as brilliant and beautiful as coral.





The old forest and the deep green sea: thinking about them at the same time is like waking up in a strange bed, trying to figure out where you are, and concluding that it's all the same place.


39 comments:

  1. Although it may sound like it, I'm not on LSD. It's trippy enough around here without drugs.

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  2. i loved this. all the way through. wonderful analogy.

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    1. Thanks twg. The analogy comes easily.

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    1. It's the season now for spider webs & I was glad to see this one in perfect shape with the shaft of sunlight on it: lucky.

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  4. Beautiful...I really loved the moss photo.

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    1. It just rained the first big rain of autumn & the moss has begun to get puffy and green, very photogenic.

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  5. I was mesmerized by your post and then your first comment made me smile.

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  6. Stunning, marvelous & captivating pics ! You are an outstanding photographer Kerry !.

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    1. Thank you RR! The subject matter is highly photogenic.

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    1. I'm constantly amazed at what a 5 year old point-and-shoot is capable of doing.

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  8. Mmmmm...i love this. I'm guessing that shelf fungus is chicken of the woods and edible - if it were here that's what it would be! i always am struck by how like a sea creature fungus is.

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    1. You think? Now that you mention it, I remember some pics you took of a similar fungus. I would never presume to eat any wild mushroom, but I like the idea of a "chicken of the woods."

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  9. Really lovely photos and comparisons.

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  10. I so love the way you think. And the way you're able to take photography to another level. Beautiful pics!

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  11. Rich post. Just a little jealous of your world! Love the juxtaposition of things and I have never thought of the woods that way.

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  12. Gail: Thank you! You're a top-notch photographer & I look up to you.

    Tabor: We're lucky to have easy access to both of these ecosystems, you're right. The rain forest is truly like the ocean in so many ways.

    GA: :-)

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  13. I love this! There are so many aspects of our world which mimic others. You've illustrated that beautifully here.

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  14. You are blessed to be so close to both. Thanks for the walk through the forest. So magical! And they do share so much in common!

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  15. Hilary: Thank you. It's fun to see these analogies.

    Barbara: I am very lucky to have such spectacular places at hand!

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  16. How very lovely! I am jealous of where you live. At least, at this time of year. :)

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  17. Beautifully photographed and penned.
    Congratulations on POTW.

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  18. came back to say congrats on your POTW!

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  19. Beautiful images and poetic captions. I love this concept of the forest as a floating above-ground sea world, and all your tender observations of it.

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  20. Stephanie: Thanks! This is a fantastic region. I may be one of the few who loves all the rain in winter.

    Jackie: Thank you.

    TWG: You are the most dedicated blogger I know.

    Lynne: It's easy to imagine the forest as a sea, and vice-verse, if you can just get over the relative size of things. Also, my middle name is Lynn, without an e:)

    Prairie: Thank you. I also like to look at your prairie images.

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  21. Hi Kerry, thank you for visiting and commenting on my post, and congrats on your POTW! I love the theme and the photos.

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    1. Seriously. I think you should brush up on your Fantasy Football.

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  22. So very beautiful.. Congrats on Post of the Week.
    Well done.

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    1. Thank you Lisa. What a beautiful name you have.

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  23. Nice images. You must have been somewhere near me; near Vancouver. :) I've just come back to the North West after 2 months away and now feel like getting out there. :)

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    1. Hi Veronica! Not far from Vancouver, just a day's drive. I live in western Oregon. I love the Northwest.

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  24. Came back to say congrats on the POTW! Very well deserved!

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