Western Gallery - Edward Frank 2005

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Forest service campground just northeast of Mount Rainier National Park.  The trees around my tent were over 200 feet tall.

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Mount Rainier, Mount Rainier National park, WA

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Gnarled tree near the treeline at Mount Rainier National Park.

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Treeline at visitors center, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Twin decapitated douglas fir trees along the "Trail of the Giants"  in Mount Rainier National Park

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"Big Cedar" along highway in Olympic National Park, WA.  This tree is described in Bob Van Pelt's book "Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast" as the Kalaloch Ceder.  It is measured at 123 feet high, and 19.6 feet in diameter.  Several large epiphytic hemlocks grow atop this tree.

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Highway leading to the Hoh Rainforest section of Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA

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Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA. These trees are growing in a line as a result of their sprouting on a large nurse log, long since decayed.

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Olympic National Park, WA - Coastal scene with trees atop the sea stacks.

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Crater's of the Moon National Monument, ID.  A sign beside this uninspiring looking tree reads in part:  "How old is this lava? A core from this wind-buffeted limber pine gave the first scientifically-bases estimate in 1954. The tree's annual growth rings proved the lava must be at least 1350 years."

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Limber pine with parasitic mistletoe.  The mistletoe causes the clusters of tight branches, or witch's brooms, that dominate the profile.  This is located along the Devil's Garden Trail, Craters of the Moon National Park, ID

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A lone tree grows atop the cider cone and overlooks the entire National Monument.

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All photographs copyright 2005 by Edward Forrest Frank