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An old growth Redwood stream

Often we hear of folks carry on about Redwood forest logging.
What they often show are some owl or furry critter, perhaps salmon or bear, all critters worthy of protection.

What else is being lost by not protecting it?
Having done some restoration of streams, caves and ponds, I know that these pristine systems take many centuries to ever recover and many never do fully, not like this. We need a natural pristine standard to reference a restoration against or an impacted site, there are fewer and fewer such places that human kind has not greatly altered.

Support protection of the very scenes and places that you love and emulate within your tank.

I am particularly fond of this picture:


I love the rich growth of Horsetail ferns and liverworts:


Of course there has to be a 60 ft water fall fed by fog condensation of the old growth redwood leaves.



Note this interesting plant and the liverwort ground cover:


The amount of light at the bottom of a an old Growth redwood forest is really low, it's dark during the middle of the day.

Near the crest of the ridges on the southern side, we have Dudlya in bloom:



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my god that's beautiful

wow, thanks!
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Thanks for sharing. We don't get to see that sort of thing here in central illinois.

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Totally agree. I have done some channel improvement and restoration projects here in New Jersey and New York and there is not enough pristine, untouched areas left here. Total shame.

Beautiful pics.


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wow, thanks!
Then go to Big Basin redwood state park, about 1 hour south of you
It's about a 4 hour hike.

The other job I had was killing Purple loosestrife on the Eel River(shovels only and kayaks), going through the avenue of the Gaints in Humbolt state Redwood Park.

In a tropical rainforest, where vegetation is so thick as to be impenetrable, it seems like the ultimate in dense forest conditions. Surprisingly, however, the greatest accumulation of biomass (living and dead organic material) ever recorded on earth is in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, where an acre of stem mass (redwood tree trunks) alone has been estimated at 1,541 tons. When branch, leaf and root mass are added, the estimate increases to 1,800 tons per acre seven times the density of biomass in an acre of tropical rainforest.

Like the Amazon rainforests, much, if not most of life in an ancient coniferous forest remains unknown to humans. Many kinds of insects, birds, and small mammals spend their entire lives high above the ground in the forest canopy where people spend little or no time.

I'm a plant person however and love to explore creeks, lakes and seagrass but can appreciate the other critters as well.

Marin County has a lot of Redwoods very close by, Muir woods is visited by millions every year and Redwood creek there is a nice walk that's not 4 hours of hiking and is about 30-45 min from SF.

Here's a couple and pic of the Yuba river.

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Thanks for sharing

It's fun to see lush ferns and mosses.
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damn that purple loosestrife!!!! ><

Such gorgeous shots, thanks.
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Hello Tom, thank you for the inspiration.
Do you have any other photo galleries with more photos/scenery like these?
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another thought

I love the pictures.

I had forgotten how beautiful spots like this could be. I have seen creeks in Big Sur and Stanislaus national forest like this.There is nothing like being at the bottom of a canyon or standing on a ridge overlooking the ocean to make you apperciate an old growth forest.

I have also spent my time grubbing out Gorse bushes in Australia and replanting native species, so I have a great apprecation for invasive non-native plant species.

Thanks for the pictures
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Awesome pictures, It makes you feel like you go back in time.


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I love that last blue green water picture. Makes me want to melt in my chair......then get in the car to go and see some water!


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Hello Tom, thank you for the inspiration.
Do you have any other photo galleries with more photos/scenery like these?
Yes, various places I travel each weekend etc.
Coastal rocks, tide pools etc, tanks obviously etc.
Aquatic plant regions, waterfalls, mountains etc

This one is sweet in the Sierra:


This one is near Fairfax in Marin, a nice little lily pond:


"Gorse" is one of the worst dang weeds, nothing can get through that stuff,the worst field of cactus or Devils club cannot compare. They are trying hard to get rid of it on San Mateo mt there in SF. I see it up the coast in Sonoma, Mendocino etc.

Ick.

Point Reyes has some awesome scenery right now:

Loads of wildflowers.


I took the SFBAAPS group out there for a field trip and then up a nice moss filled series of water falls last year.


Bad year for Vernal pools this is at Jepson prairie:


Waves and the coast:


Marine plants:


Sequoia that was burnt, then later petrified:



Waterfall in Sierra foothills near Auburn:


That little lily pond in Marin again:





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Feather falls is nothing short of a 10 on the water fall list.



Yet the sublime beauty of a small stream still has a nice feel:



Tidepools and seagrass at Ft Bragg area:





and the carnivorus pitcher plant, Darlingtonia near Dead Falls lake growing in peat next to a lake where we camped.






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Where is Feather Falls?

Where is Feather Falls? THAT is awesome!

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Tom you have given me inspiration for a tank I want to attempt. Thanks and beautiful pictures.


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