I’ve always enjoyed a quick visit to the coast but it’s never been a place I dreamt of living nor spending extended time. I’m a mountains girl through and through. Nevertheless, I’ve also learned to be open minded and perhaps be surprised by new perspectives.
Hike #1 – Cape Perpetua, St Perpetua Trail
Hike #2 – Cascade Head Preserve
Hike #4 – Cape Perpetua, Cook’s Ridge Trail
This plant intrigued me. I’d never seen anything like it. Very cool! According to Wikipedia, “Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant (or ghost pipe), Indian pipe or corpse plant, is an herbaceous perennial plant. Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a mycoheterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest.“
Winners of coastal life?
Losers of coastal life?