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Photographer's Note

Pacific Rim National Park is made up of three separate regions: Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and the West Coast Trail. The entire park encompasses 511 km of land and ocean. The park is characterised by rugged coasts and lush temperate rainforests (yes- RAINFORESTS).
To the east of the park is the Insular mountain range which clouds run into coming off the pacific ocean. These clouds (air masses) lighten themselves by raining so they can pass up and over the mountains, what is known as Orographic Precipitation.
Resulting in the park receiving about 3000mm of rainfall per year.

Sitka Spruce are generally found near the coast due to its resistance to ocean spray and abrasive wind-blown sand. The spruce fringe acts as a buffer protecting the inland forests from the ocean. Further inland, the forests are comprised of western hemlock, and western red cedar. The park also features several bogs in poorly drained areas.

The mass amount of driftwood found here is quite impressive.

Hope you like the shot!
- Dan

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