Thursday, August 04, 2022

Green, green, green

Even in a dry spell, the island rainforest has an almost tropical lushness. Here, on the slope above the river, where the sunlight barely filters down through the leaves overhead, everything is green, from the deep blue-greens of the sword fern, to the muted greens of drying moss, ranging from a golden glow to a deep greenish brown, the pure tones of the licorice ferns that grow in the moss, the palest of greens of lichens, to the radiant yellow-green of maple leaves above. Even the river that wends its way along the bottom of the valley shows up green.

Sword ferns, licorice ferns, moss, maples, Douglas fir, lichens, and a froth of huckleberries.

And today it rained. The ferns (and I) are happy.


Hasta en tiempo de sequía, el bosque pluvial de la isla tiene una exuberancia casi tropical. Aquí, subiendo del rio, donde la luz del sol apenas llega a penetrar, todo es verde, desde los verdes oscuros de los helechos perennes, a los verdes apagados de los musgos, que van de un brillo de oro a un café con tonos verdes, el verde puro de los helechos de raiz dulce que brotan del musgo, o el verde tenue, casi blanco de los líquenes, hasta el verde-amarillo radiante de las hojas del arce. Aun el rio que serpentea en el fondo del valle toma su color del bosque.

Foto: vista del bosque: helechos, musgos, líquenes, arces, abetos de Douglas, y hojitas de huckleberry.

Y hoy llovió. El bosque y yo estamos felices.

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