Cougar Mountain – Nature Taking Over [Nature]

June 6, 2011 at 1:00 am 1 comment

With trees donning ferns and moss, there were ample examples of nature taking over nature during our Cougar Mountain hike.

Cougar Mountain - Licorice Fern Trail - Ryan Ducks Under Fallen Tree
Ferns Taking Over a Fallen Tree

Cougar Mountain - Licorice Fern Trail - Life Starts Again on Stump
Stump Squatters

My favorite though is this determined tree we saw on the Licorice Fern Trail:

Cougar Mountain - Licorice Fern Trail - Determined Tree on Tree (Far)
Determined Tree

If you look closer, this tree is growing on the remains of a deceased tree. Those determined roots had to descend the entire tree trunk to reach soil!

Cougar Mountain - Licorice Fern Trail - Determined Tree on Tree (Close)
Look at Those Roots Go!

Nature impresses me yet again.

More pictures of Cougar Mountain can be found on my Flickr site. For more detailed trail descriptions of Cougar Mountain hikes, I highly recommend the Weekend Hike blog.

Entry filed under: Cougar Mountain, Hiking, Nature, Travel, trees, Washington State. Tags: .

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  June 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Did you know that a fallen redwood tree provides for more life as it decays than a living one does?

    Reply

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