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Many like the seacoast or take their delight in the mountains. I like those places too but there is no place I would rather be than the forest.

Mary is this week’s 1st Place Winner with this beautiful shot of the forest floor! Those strange looking red things are known as British Solder Lichen or Matchstick Moss (Cladonia cristatella). One of many fascinating types of life that can be found in forests, lichen is actually two organisms – a fungus and an algae that join together to form a new composite organism. Fascinating stuff & a beautiful photo!

Have a look at her winning entry here!

 

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Barbara is this week’s audience choice winner as she takes us to a coconut palm forest on the island of Hawai’i. What a tropical paradise!

Have a look at her winning entry here!


It’s never easy for us to pick the honorable mention winners, but as always we’ve done our best!

 

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Ese brings us this spectacular shot of a forest flanked by brightly colored rhododendrons!

Have a look at her winning entry here!


 

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There is nothing more mysterious, holy, and darkly beautiful than the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. It is very peaceful and one can sense the wisdom of the ancient trees. The archetype forest. This is Moran State Park on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

Rosemarie takes us into the dense forest of Washington, famous for its ancient forests along the chilly Pacific coastline. Moran State Park protects around 5,000 acres of forest, much of it old growth that fortunately escaped the axe and saw.

Have a look at her winning entry here!

 

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