Some areas of the NW Washington have climates with high rainfall each year - these are called the PNW Rain Forests One such micro climate is surrounding Silver Lake. That area gets over 80 inches (2065mm) of rain, compared to the highest in the state, Forks, WA (yes THAT Forks, WA) which gets just under 119 inches (3055 mm).
With all that rain, the forests around Silver Lake are home to many mosses, lichen and fungi Now that our rainy season has started - it is the perfect time for getting photos of the mosses, lichen and fungi.
After a Cedar tree is cut down - or falls - new trees will begin to grow atop the old stump - and their roots will reach down the outside of the stump to get to the ground. The roots of the new tree, covered in moss on the left of the stump, looks like a lizard trying to climb up the stump.
Many of the trees are covered in mosses - softening their branches.
Getting closer and closer, the moss looks almost like cedar branchelets
I'm not sure what this is - a mushroom that is past its prime - or another form of mushroom I've not seen before - any help?
Fallen logs are a good growing source for mushrooms
The end of the same log
A large fungus on a tree - almost looks like a frog opening its mouth
This was one of my favorites - faces everywhere - the bottom right looks like a smirking ghost to me
More faces in the forest
My favorite face - with a cedar branchelet. Be careful about singing in the forest - you never know what might fall into your mouth.
A long hairy moss
It was a good day. If anyone can identify any of these I appreciate it.