Jul 19th, 2015 • week 213

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Ancient Forest

“Keep looking up...that's the secret of life...”
- Snoopy

Glacier-fed Ohanapecosh River flows through the

enchanting forest of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

The suspension bridge to Grove of the Patriarchs;

a river island of ancient Western red-cedar, Douglas-fir, and Western hemlock trees.

Cross over the crystal clear river to walk among the largest and oldest trees in the park, many over 1000 years old.

Some of the massive giants are more than 300 feet high and over 45 foot diameter,

like this Western red-cedar in the cathedral forest of towering beauties.

A close up view of timber patterns and burls on an ancient fallen fir tree.

These 1,000 year old twin Douglas-fir trees are still alive;

the centers are rotten, but the outer ten inches are solid wood.

Christine Falls

This waterfall was named in honor of Christine Van Trump, who in 1889, at nine years old, climbed Mount Rainer
with her father as far as she had strength. She made it to the 10,000 foot mark despite having a crippling nervous disorder.

All Seven for Sunday photographs are shot weekly by Crystal Lynn Hoeveler

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