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Old Growth Forest

Old Growth Forest
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-12
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/13 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-31 20:50
Viewed: 5743
Points: 10
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Old growth forest

I felt so lucky to be able to walk through an old growth forest on Vancouver Island. Some of the Douglas Fir in this area were over 600 years old.

Old growth forest are important for many reasons as they serve as habitat for many different plants and animals. Old growth coastal temperate rainforests have some of the largest standing volumes of living and dead biomass of any ecosystem on earth.

In any forest there are different stages of life. Old growth is the stage preceding renewal in the life cycle of the forest or ecosystem. Normally it is characterized by trees that are old and large for the particular forest type and condition. Old growth forests may vary according to the species of trees, ages and distribution of trees.

Natural disturbances are normal for any forest and may be caused by fire, insect damage, wind, ice damage, even hurricanes. Large and small openings in the forest can occur which allows more light to enter and re-growth.

A few species of trees in old growth forest that are known to live for 1000 years or more is the yellow cedar on the west coast of Canada and the eastern white cedar in Central Canada.

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Hi Janice,
We have spent a lot of time on Vancouver Island and it is fun to see photos from there. I've walked on many a trail just like this. I don't think this particular image shows any old growth doug firs. Even some second growth ones here in Oregon are much larger than these. .... and I planted 4 of them in my yard! I may live to regret it. they seem to grow 4-6 feet a year!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-31 22:06]

Hello Janice,
This is a fine capture of one aspect that is typical and essential for old-growth forest: re-growth succession!
Though this does not show the actual old growth, it shows the essential succession of trees of different ages, which is something you don't see in forest plantations where the trees are all of the same age. Here you illustrate this natural succession very well in an image that is well exposed and composed.
TFS this fine contribution,

Hello Janice,
Lovely captured on this beautiful forest with a nice lighting over it! many thanks for the informative notes regarding this place!
thank you for sharing as well
best regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-31 23:32]

Hi Janice

Waht a lovely shot - so evocative - I can almost smell and hear it! Lovely work.


Hi Janice,
Great to see a photo from you again. I hope all is well.
I find photography in a forrest very difficult, so seeing this result acts as a good leason. Your way of composing this photo is perfect. The eye is perfectly drawn into the photo. Even your control of light is spot on, which is probably most difficult. All in all a shot that impresses me a lot.

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