Many of those old trees were over-mature, as they are in other areas. I tagged along with a small convoy of vehicles on a visit to Avatar Grove, close to Port Renfrew, which is 40 miles or so norht of Sooke. Big trees, but way over-mature, not healthy.btw, shame about that virgin forest heist up around the Potholes. Where were the tv cameras ...
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(BTW, the creek at the end of that photo set is just a feeder into the big creek, which is below the bridge in the last image)
I'm more impressed by some of the younger ones, they can get quite impressive in 100 years or so. And there are some old monsters scattered around in places where they will never log, so there will always be some to gawk at.
At Avatar grove I was much more impressed by the nearby creek, the rounded bolders in it were huge compared to what we have in my area, and I doubt I could make any progress up those creeks, steep, deep, narrow and with many deep pools, debris and log jams. While others were oggling the trees, I was studying an outcrop of pure white marble sticking up out of the forest floor, that looked like it had been shattered by some great force at the top, with segments laying in a circle around the center. In the forest where everything is wet and covered in lichen and moss, the white marble was absolutely clean and smooth, nothing for even the tiniest vegetation to get a grip on.
No, but the quarry on the other side of the river to me has lots of broken rock to look at, and I'd say it is Gabbro as it is riddled with quartz veins, something I don't think you see much in Basalt. Or is it the other way around? But I'm sure a petrologist could explain it all to me. Hopefully.have you yet taken the large hammer and safety googles to see if the hard rock is fine-grained like basalt or coarse like gabbro ?