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Friday, 02 June 2017 22:13

Dark Behind It Rose the Forest

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The massive forests of the Pacific Northwest are awesome to behold. The great Coast Range conifer forests of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and western red cedar (Thuja plicata) contain the greatest amount of biomass per acre of any place on the planet. All of this life is the gift of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, which between themselves moderate climate and rainfall across the region. The town of Forks, Washington, for example, receives nearly 120 " of rainfall per year, and temperatures throughout the year are relatively mild. The result is a temperate rain forest of incredible beauty and vitality: a photographer's dream. A focal length of 32mm, the long end of wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds at ISO 200 gave me an overall very-slightly-darker-than-medium exposure. How could it be that we are not obligated to preserve and protect such beauty as this?


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