UTOPIA PHOTO-BLOG

Just this past week I finally fulfilled my hopes of seeing the incredible temperate rainforests of the Olympic National Park in Washington. And what a trip it was! There's a reason why three million tourists come to see the giant trees in this park every year. Here at home the BC government has done virtually nothing to protect and promote our ancient forest heritage where some of the biggest trees on Earth grow on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. We need to push the BC government to ensure green businesses and jobs based on sensitive old-growth eco-tourism, value-added, sustainable second-growth forestry, non-timber forest products, and a diversified low carbon economy. Here are a few photo highlights! See a larger image gallery here.

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The magical Fairholm Maple - possibly the biggest maple tree in the world!

Roosevelt elk olympic national park

A Roosevelt elk feeds in a lush stream bed near a giant Sitka spruce tree. Hoh Rainforest.

slug rainforest

Late for a meeting...

spruce olympic national park

A straight row of spruce trees that started out on the same nurse log years and years ago. Hoh Rainforest.

Duncan memorial cedar tree

The Duncan Memorial Cedar - 3rd largest in the world.

spiral tree

A spiraling, unicorn-horn-like cedar tree!

Kalaloch cedar tree

The Kalaloch Cedar - the craziest looking tree I've ever seen!

Maples glades trail

A beautiful slow-moving stream filled with vegetation and crystal clear water along the Maples Glades Trail. Quinault Rainforest.

Oxalis and fern vegetation with giant Sitka spruces. Maples Glades Trail.

worlds largest redcedar tree

The world's largest redcedar tree! Quinault Valley.

worlds largest spruce quinault

And the world's largest spruce tree! Quinault Valley.

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Little Qualicum Falls has been on my list of places to see for quite while and yesterday was the perfect chance. After being soaked with 24 hours of heavy rain, the river and falls were roaring! Here's a few shots taken in the evening around the Upper Falls.

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Took some time over the holidays to explore an area of old-growth forest in the Nitinat Lake region. It turned out to be filled with giant, beautiful Sitka spruce trees, moss covered big-leaf maples, and herds of Roosevelt elk. A truly prehistoric looking forest that feels like a trip back in time just a few hours from Victoria here on Vancouver Island.

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Fog drifting through old Douglas-fir trees around Matheson Lake in Metchosin.

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