Monday, April 18, 2011

Sol Duc Falls

Postcards: Sol Duc Falls from

Sol Duc Hot Springs features this beautiful waterfall; a favorite of photographers. It is located in the Olympic National Park, at the northwest corner of Washington State (and also, of course, in the extreme northwest corner of the continental USA). Down the road from the falls is the resort with hot springs, pools and lodge. You can hike to the falls, play in the pools, and have lunch all in one day. The Hot Springs are part of the Quinault Rainforest, which is one of three temperate rain forests in the Western hemisphere. You don't find jungle plants and monkeys here. What you find are gigantic, ancient cedar trees, as well as hemlock, Douglas fir and the largest Sitka spruce tree in the world, and a great variety of ground cover and shrubs. And lots of moss--hanging from tree branches and covering roots and rocks. Take your tripod if you are photographing, because the light is dim in many places, even if it's a sunny day. And that's not everyday; after all, it's the rainforest!

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