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Ancient Forest Mysteries

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 11 December 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

"The more we study these forests, the more we realize we are just beginning to understand a small part of their dynamics. We still don't know all the plants and animals that live here. The Pacific Yew (not found at this location), long considered a weed by loggers, was recently found to give major hope in the treatment of cancer. How many other plants or animals that live in these ancient forests have an unknown potential? "

PENTAX K200D 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 100 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

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El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

I'd like have a ramble in this impresive forest. Excellent, as usual, Eric.

11 Dec 2010 6:56am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! It would change your life forever! ;-)

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Such a beautiful photo, there is an incredible life in these photos,
partly because of the scene and the color saturation.

11 Dec 2010 7:09am

@Phil Morris: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Cruz from exurbia, United States

I think you can smell the forest...and it’s good.

11 Dec 2010 8:22am

@Cruz: Thank you very much Cruz! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid 5****

11 Dec 2010 9:24am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are very kind! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great shot, Eric. Yes, the road ahead in fields such as medicine relies on nature. That is why we need to preserve habitats such as the Redwoods.

11 Dec 2010 9:26am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


11 Dec 2010 9:36am

@Larry Elkins: Thank you very much Larry! ;-)

Franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful forest scene!

11 Dec 2010 9:42am

@Franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

Rosa Frei from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Gorgeous light, beautiful!

11 Dec 2010 1:29pm

@Rosa Frei: Thank you very much Rosa and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon..... ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

The fog has cleared and that brilliant blue sky shines through in this wonderful image. I like the curving path and as always, your educational info. How wonderful that the Pacific Yew may have 'magical' properties!

11 Dec 2010 1:58pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, these shots were taken in a different forest, same day! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

pretty light and shadows here ;)

11 Dec 2010 2:21pm

@MARIANA: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this series a lot

11 Dec 2010 3:16pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! I am glad you are enjoying the series! ;-)

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

completely beautiful.

11 Dec 2010 3:23pm

@B.Held: Thank you very much Brittany and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon..... ;-)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

fine light!

11 Dec 2010 3:44pm

@Olivier: Thank you very much Olivier! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Yes, we are just beginning to undersatand a small part of these systems.
What a lovely series of presentations ... A treasure of knwledge, information and wonderful images of this forest system. The message is ... 'We all together, need to take immediate and sustained action and to spend more time and resoursces to protect and develop more of these natural systems for the mere survival of mankind and other living systems.
Great Eric, I salute you ... Sam :)

11 Dec 2010 3:48pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! Truer words could not be spoken....... ;-)

Barbara from Florida, United States

Well framed showing a density to the trees living side by side. Let's hope they continue living as they have for all of the years past.
Plants have much to offer us.

11 Dec 2010 3:49pm

@Barbara: Thank you very much Barbara! We need to do more than hope as there is strong corporate pressure to log these old forests. We need to be active in our support for their preservation...... ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Whenever the light filtering through the branches, across the heights to the ground where they draw beautiful shapes! Excellent as always your giant forest! A good image and comforting for the spirit Eric! Best regards, Adela

11 Dec 2010 4:16pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Mabey we better leave them plants and herbs alone..seeing what humans always destroy.
Better leave it ancient,like on this beautiful shot!

11 Dec 2010 5:43pm

@Thea: Thank you very much Thea! I agree we need to learn to live with nature and not destroy it to our short term profit...... ;-)

Mhelene from Paris, France

superb light and great composition!

11 Dec 2010 6:04pm

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

i especially like the tall trees juxtaposed with the curve in the road

11 Dec 2010 6:21pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes, the yew plant has become key to this research...bravo to you, Eric for bringing this point! A wonderful view here ...great light too!

11 Dec 2010 7:43pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! ;-)

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

You know about redwoods forest so much and you feel this forest amazing. Your pictures show me other world. Thank you Eric.

11 Dec 2010 9:30pm

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Good question. And a very good shot as well.

11 Dec 2010 11:06pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! ;-)

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Wonderful little path through the trees.

12 Dec 2010 12:21am

@Terral: Thank you very much Terral! ;-)

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Love the beautiful view and lighting...
Interesting information too...

12 Dec 2010 2:53am

@Sunder: Thank you very much Sunder! ;-)

Don Levesque from Saint John, NB, Canada

Beautiful place to visit!

13 Dec 2010 7:24pm

@Don Levesque: Thank you very much Don! Yes, definitely a beautiful place to visit! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

We've got to take heart and feel happy that such locations STILL exist in our speedily changing, self-destroying watch these proud trees gives such a joy!

14 Dec 2010 11:03am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes we must rejoice in their existence but constantly fight for their survival! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautiful shot..great light play and info...

14 Dec 2010 4:12pm

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Wonderful lighting here, and I can imagine the pleasant walk and smell of nature -- GREAT!!
Excellent work, as usual !

15 Dec 2010 8:40am

@Anne: Thank you very much Anne! Yes, it was fantastic to walk in this ancient forest! ;-)

1/60 second
ISO 100
42 mm (35mm equiv.)