Layers of the Forest
Look through many levels of life: matted ground-cover, festooned maples, conifers looming high above. The different layers are thickly interwoven. On a fallen, moss-covered log young Sitka spruces try to survive the competition. Clubmoss clings to bigleaf maple boughs, and the floor is strewn with lettuce lichen blown down from treetops.

Nowhere is there a forest like it: a product of local climate-temperate with tremendous rainfall. In this hushed, verdant world the air fairly drips, supporting epiphytes (air plants) growing in wild profusion from every vine and limb. The rare ray of sunshine finding the spongy forest floor appears as burnished green.