Worked on computer until 1 PM then took a drive up to the Brown Creek National Forest Campground. This is a nice, bare bones, isolated CG, $7/night with senior discount, several nice pullthrough sites in the woods and even 2 or 3 by the stream at the entrance. It is 16 miles in from Route 101 with only 1 1/2 miles of dusty gravel, no nasty grades or narrow roads.
These shots were taken along the road up to the Brown Creek campground. They depict the forestry practice here of clear-cutting timber stands. When I first saw these, it came as quite a shock to see acres of brown waste against a backdrop of verdant green standing trees, and I thought how terrible it was to ruin the chance to get any type of panoramic landscape image of the beautiful mountains here in the northwest. What a scar on the land. I guess as I have driven around the past several weeks, I have gotten accustomed to seeing these clear cuts and have changed my mind about them.
There are several clear cuts that show, if you look carefully, in the header image above of the clouds over the Olympic Mountains. In the two images above, with the wild flowers in the foreground, you can see several different stages of growth in the background mountains, resulting from prior clear cuts. From a distance these previous clear cuts result in patches of varying greens due to the different ages of the young forests filling in. Now these forests are essentially mono-cultures, and I suppose that is a bad thing. But if you walk out onto a newly harvested site, say, only a few years old, it is amazing to see all the different trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses growing there. What a bonanza for wildlife this must be. On one edge of this new growth might be a patch of forest 25 years old, and on another edge, one 50 years old, all this varying habitat in one small area seems to work for both the lumber industry and the wildlife here.