After months of warm, dry, sunny days, we have had rain this week. On the other side of the mountains there is great relief, as people coping with Washington’s worst wildfire season ever get a break. As I took these photos a fine mist was falling, moistening leaves that are beginning to fade into the subtle tones of early fall.
The tall, straight trees are Douglas firs, a signature tree of the Pacific Northwest. In our area nearly every road is lined with Doug fir, producing a treeline of zigs and zags. Like roughly torn paper, their irregular branches create a distinctive silhouette.
In the second and last photos, Big Leaf Maples reach across the frame. Their leaves can be the size of dinner plates. Behind the Doug fir tree trunk in the third photo, a Western redcedar’s graceful branches absorb the light. Dense, symmetrical trees, the cedar branch tips have a way of reaching towards and relaxing with the light. Another Western redcedar is in the background of the last photo.
The photos were taken from a deck three stories up, which is about half the height of this little patch of woods. Increasing the contrast and saturation in these photos might produce a more conventionally attractive image, but I held them back to reveal the subtleties of the moisture-laden air.