An Autumn Rainforest Stroll
Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
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 .
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.
I hope you find peace as you follow along on an autumn stroll through Earth’s one and only temperate rainforest:
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!
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.
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.
A bounty of fungi.
A rainforest creek carves an artistic path through roots and moss.
A bear recently sorted through this rotten tree, searching for grubs to fill its body in preparation for winter hibernation.
These pictures were taken in Mount Revelstoke National Park a few weekends ago.