the giant spruce trail

The next morning we took the hike we didn’t finish the previous evening. It’s rather heavenly diving into these temperate rain forests. Like another world altogether.

Cape_Perpetua2-02847We found this marvelous Dr Seuss tree along the trail to the Giant Spruce. It’s so covered in moss, it’s hard to tell what sort of tree it is (officially), but around here it’s the large leaf maple that likes to collect the wild hairdos created by Moss. I think it’s different trees that do the same in the Southern states.

Cape_Perpetua2-02848A little bridge took us across Cape Creek. Seemed as though there wasn’t a great deal of water, but there was a tiny waterfall just behind the spot where we camped. I fell asleep to the sound of water bubbling over rocks the previous night.

Cape_Perpetua2-02849The path immersed in innumerable shades of green.

Cape_Perpetua2-02850I couldn’t resist another shot of the Fairybells. The light was different from the night before, so there were more shadows to contend with, but still… I’m enchanted with the way they peek shyly from under their leaves.

Cape_Perpetua2-02856I won’t even try to count the number of ferns or shades of green. It’s a pretty amazing place.

Cape_Perpetua2-02858I haven’t wrapped my head around the thought of naming or differentiating the ferns. I’ll just call them lush and vibrant with the most intriguing shapes.

Cape_Perpetua2-02863They do like to show up in every nook and cranny.

Cape_Perpetua2-02865Not to mention the variety of shapes… I could call this one Lacy.

Cape_Perpetua2-02866Continuing down the path… with more shades of green.

Cape_Perpetua2-02867Of course there were flowers occasionally hidden in all the fern-laden lushness. Tiny Pacific Bleeding Hearts, (Dicentra formosa).

Cape_Perpetua2-02869Then the featured Giant Spruce appeared ahead of us.

Cape_Perpetua2-02871There is simply no way to convey the size and height of this splendid bit of tree.

Cape_Perpetua2-02872Another fragment of it at the base. Perhaps I should have had a person standing there for a sense of scale, but even that doesn’t compare to the experience of it.

Cape_Perpetua2-02879So then we’re back to the ferns and some Oxalis leaves (and bark) for another glimpse of the forest wild life.

Cape_Perpetua2-02880A farewell shot to the Fairybells. May they keep ringing forever.

Cape_Perpetua2-02883Not a brilliant photo, but I had to give a nod to a fungus (among us?)

Cape_Perpetua2-02884Speaking of fungus… we were joined by some lichen clinging to a certain tree. I’m pretty sure it’s called a lichen, but I haven’t figured it all out… (yet?)

Cape_Perpetua2-02886Another bitty yellow flower I haven’t found the time or inclination to look up. To me, it’s a different sort of buttercup with some rather large leaves.

It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you’ve seen, or something you’ve heard, or the sight of an old familiar face.
― Wilson Rawls,Β Where the Red Fern Grows



27 thoughts on “the giant spruce trail

  1. bliss! I think that yellow flower at the end is the same as a plant I have here. It gets a bur, later on, that may cause Sissy fits.
    I had to update my computer, and I’m trying to update my wordpress site, and somewhere in there I have lost all my favorite blogs. Hmph. Hopefully by clicking the button I see at the bottom here I can get your posts back in my inbox. I feel so lonely!


    • We didn’t stick around long enough to check for the bur. I do try to keep Sissy out of that sort of stuff.

      Sorry to hear of the ‘puter problems. That’s never any kind of fun to deal with. I’ve been wondering why your emails (announcing when you posted) came in with a generic “WordPress” subject and I’m not sure I caught on that it was yours until later. Wishing you luck in getting things fixed!


      • Really? That would explain why so few people seemed to see my last post. Hm. One more thing to ask the “happiness engineer”.
        Yes, I imagine burs are really a problem for her fur. There are a couple of plants that develop burs that have turned up in my yard and last fall I had a merry time trying to keep Pete out of them! πŸ™‚


  2. Oh dear. Awful how destructive attitudes and policies can translate so rapidly into irrevocable destruction on the ground. I hope that a groundswell of resistance will rise across the country.


  3. Gorgeous photos of the beautiful old tree and the diversity of the forest floor. The photos really capture something of the atmosphere of the forest, which can be so hard to do in the contrasty light and shade. I like the quotation too.


    • Thank you, Carol. Our lush and green forests are glorious if they aren’t cut down as so many have been. Fortunately we’ve managed to save some places and they are treasured. I’m not certain of their fate given our current administration. We just watched some road building equipment being hauled up into the hills near our home. I don’t think it bodes well. Road building generally means they’ll be attacking new areas. 😦

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  4. So many treasures….I love the first photo, the sway of the moss…the quality of the greens in the second photo – and all of them – is really beautiful. You can’t take enough photos of Fairybells, as far as I’m concerned, they’re so pretty. The smaller fern in the photo under the Fairybells is Deer fern, one you can learn easily because it’s quite distinctive, and tends to appear in settings exactly like this one, along the trail edges. Its spore-producing fronds are totally different from the non-fertile ones, so that’s a good field mark too. Why it’s called Deer fern, I don’t know. The path photo sis beautifully ethereal. And Whew! – love the spruce. I do get a sense of the size, as much as I know it’s nothing like in real life. Above the yellow flower, that’s moss on the tree. I don’t know my mosses, but that could be Oregon Beaked moss, which is a common one. Google image search:
    I like your assessment of that last flower – I’ll go with it! πŸ™‚ I don’t see any candidates in my book, but that doesn’t mean much – it doesn’t have everything. Sometimes when I c an’t find a plant and I’m determined, I’ll do a google search for a plant list for the place I saw it, often some wildflower club or native plant club has been there and compiled a list, and boy does that make sorting through the possibilities easier!

    Well, that was a really nice walk, especially because I’m not getting out as much these days! Thank you~


    • Oh shoot! Obviously I don’t know my lichen from my mosses… much less actually identify any of them. The visitor center at Perpetua had a lovely little display of flowers someone had picked with identifying cards attached to them. It was how I nailed the Fairybells, but alas! no buttercup. Sadly, the flowers were getting a wee bit wilty and I couldn’t help but wonder about picking them… but the information was handy. I may try your suggestion to google for a club.
      Hope you’re getting out more now! or soon! We seem to have established a routine of heading up in the hills about once a week (avoiding weekends!) Always new and exciting things to find up there. I’m hoping to start posting some of those now that I’ve finished our trip. Soon? This time of year just seems like there’s so much to see or do.


    • Oddly enough, the color green as made by man doesn’t appeal to me (as in clothes, or household items, etc), but when I’m out in nature I’m drawn to it. Feels good just to breathe it in.


    • Very much well worth the visit. Looked after by our Forest Service for the benefit of locals and visitors alike. There are ocean views included, but given the rather sullen weather, we opted to head into the forest for the most part. I think there may be a sunset on the coast coming yet, but that was on the way home, a few days later.

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        • Thanks (is it Tom?) We are blessed by some of the parks maintained for public use. As always, there’s a struggle between those who want to enjoy the peace and quiet of some more natural settings. Or the folks who want to strip mine or clearcut (that may be an Americanism meaning mowing down trees with machines like the ones you posted, but quite a bit bigger). The results are raw, bare hillsides with resulting landslides that muddy up streams the fish and humans rely on for clean water. I could go. Enough rant!


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