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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Ángel Elices

Las Nogaledas

Jim Cole

A Temperate Rain Forest

McDowell Creek Falls County Park, Oregon, USA

July 6, 2012, 17:07 UTC (12:07 pm local time)

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This is the forest at McDowell Creek Falls County Park, just outside Lebanon, Oregon. This picture was taken just above the top of Majestic Falls. The park is a lesser-known jewel on the east side of the Willamette Valley. Although known mostly for a set of four waterfalls, the paths that connect them wander through a beautiful forest that is worth seeing in its own right. It is beautifully lush all year round, with dashes of color in the fall.

The thing that makes this area unique is the amount of moisture in the air due to the waterfalls, and probably the canyon terrain. The high humidity results in plants often growing where one might not expect, such as on tree branches and rocks. You can see examples of this at Majestic Falls, and learn more about McDowell Creek Falls Count Park in general, here.

Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 5, PTGui, Pano2VR, Photoshop

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