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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-six: An American safari -- wildlife photography in southeast Alaskaís wilderness > Life upon death, Bartlett Cove Visitorís Center, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, 2013
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07-JUN-2013

Life upon death, Bartlett Cove Visitorís Center, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, 2013

While glaciers are prominent in the northern half of Glacier National Park, temperate rainforests dominate its southern part. Evergreen trees such as Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce thrive in the mild, moist climate of these rainforests. Such trees drip with lichens and mosses, and share space with layers of vegetation that include blueberries, fungi, liverworts and wildflowers that blanket the forest floor. The vast quantity of things living or that once lived but that are now decaying produces some of the largest accumulations of organic material on earth. A National Park Service Ranger took us on a walk through just such a rainforest adjacent to the parkís visitorís center. During that walk, I came upon this scene. In this image, I attempt to express the essence of rejuvenation itself. Using a prime 24mm wideangle lens, I emphasize the sheer scale of these massive fallen trees, now covered in moss and lichen, yet providing a platform for new growth everywhere around them.

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