Friday, November 04, 2005

Western Hemlocks in Seabeck

It’s virtually impossible for me to pick a favorite tree. However, one of my “top ten” is the Western Hemlock. It has beautiful lacy needles, full and floppy limbs, and the young trees have lovely drooping tops.

Hemlock forests have a wonderful wind voice, full of murmurs and laughter. Seabeck (and the surrounding area) is blessed with countless young hemlocks and other PNW trees. To my knowledge, much of the original forest was removed circa the 1800’s for the lumber mills. Most likely, many of these trees have been regrown, harvested, and regrown again.

It is my hope that the hemlocks shown in this picture will stand and grow until the next ice age finally sends them back into hibernation!

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