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Mossy Forest

Lower Alaska is a very, very damp place even in high summer because the Pacific Coast Range lines the coast and traps much moisture on the windward or western slope of the mountains. Thus, as you can see here, everything is very green and all types of ferns, moss and lichen thrive. This was taken on a drizzly 4th of July on a short hike near the Saxman Native Village which is located about 6 miles (4km) SE of Ketchikan. View is uphill to the NE.

(Submitted to the 2013 January NPC contest as entry #57 and to the 2016 CFP contest as entry #20.)

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  • Uploaded on January 3, 2013
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    by mg1744