An Autumn Rainforest Stroll

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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll

Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
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A Rainforest Autumn Stroll, Mix Hart

I am addicted to the temperate rainforests of British Columbia. I find peace inside the towering ancient trees. My favourite thing to do in life is to get “lost” inside either the coastal rainforests or the inland rainforests of BC.

Lately, I find myself drawn to the inland temperate rainforest to explore every weekend. My fascination with this forest has roots in my childhood as I grew up (in part) in this rare rainforest.

These pictures were taken on a stroll through the (lower elevation) rainforests of Revelstoke Mountain National Park. I have hiked through Revelstoke Mountain National Park rainforest in summer and autumn. I plan to return soon, when winter arrives, to experience the rainforest in winter; I want to climb above the rainforests, to the high elevation alpine forests on Mount Revelstoke. I’ll don snowshoes and photograph the impressive “ice box”—an alley of jagged rock that resembles a refrigerator icebox, caked in frost.

Pockets of Earth’s only inland temperate rainforest are scattered throughout Southern BC. Each weekend, I like to wander deeper into the forest, to experience all that remains of this primeval treasure .

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A Rainforest Autumn Stroll, Mix Hart

The lush green moss carpets the forest floor and adds an ethereal “otherworld” atmosphere to the forest; then, I realize that this otherworld is the real world–the natural world–the world that we humans are meant to be born into.

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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart
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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

I hope you find peace as you follow along on an autumn stroll through Earth’s one and only temperate rainforest:

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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

Though this particular section of rainforest in not old growth, I did find a few magestic old growth cedar trees to hug!

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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

I met this squirrel, deep in the trees, amongst hanging moss. It was busy munching on a treat it found in the forest and did not want to be disturbed. It tried to hide behind the tree, but I snuck around and snapped its picture before it darted towards the tree top.

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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

The small pond above proved to be an amazing optical illusion. From a distance, all I could see was a void of white on the forest floor; it appeared as though I was viewing the sky and a deep cliff was coming ahead on the trail.

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An Autumn rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

A bounty of fungi.

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An Autumn rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

A rainforest creek carves an artistic path through roots and moss.

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An Autumn rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart
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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

A bear recently sorted through this rotten tree, searching for grubs to fill its body in preparation for winter hibernation.

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An Autumn Rainforest Stroll, Mix Hart

These pictures were taken in Mount Revelstoke National Park a few weekends ago.

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