Old Growth Forest, Oregon, USA by Joan Martelli

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This photo was taken in a grove of old-growth trees, deep in the Oregon Coast Range. Just getting to this area is an adventure, following over 20 miles of gravel logging roads that snake through the coastal mountains. I love forests, and this is one of my favorites. There is a sense of peace here among the trees. We had a beautiful day for our trip, with a soft light filtering through the forest canopy. When I saw this spot, I immediately dropped my pack, and set up my tripod. The light was gorgeous, and I wanted to capture it, as well as the many textures in this scene ... the bark of the decaying trees, the moss, and the ground covers. I took quite a few photos at this spot, as the light constantly changed. This one is my favorite though, and I believe it captures the essence of this forest.

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