Meares Island Big Tree trail: biodiversity (the variety of life in a particular habitat or ecosystem)
Meares Island on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, has some of the largest and oldest trees on the planet. The western red cedars (Thuja plicata) are from 1000-1500 years old, and up to 60 feet in diameter and over 200 ft (60 m) tall. It was the site of an anti-logging protest in 1984 by the Nuu-chah-nulth aborignal people who claim it as ancestral land, supported by many environmentalists, some of who went to jail for the cause. In the end the court ruled against logging and the old growth temperate rain forest remains intact.
A wooden board walk was constructed to give access to the largest trees and this young man who was hiking the Big Trees trail kindly agreed to be photographed if I would give him a copy of the photo (promise kept).
It's a wonderful place to photograph but very challenging to capture due to low light, the enormous height and girth of the trees, and the dense vegetation. I used a tripod, a wide angle lens (12 mm to 24 mm), and low ISO to try to capture the details. This is a formula that only works when there is little or no wind, and an overcast day to avoid blowing highlights. I was lucky to have both.
Other photos from the Ucleulet/Tofino area can be seen here: http://goo.gl/0lzthQ
Pacific Rim National Park ReserveVancouver IslandTofinoUcleuletBritish ColumbiaMeares IslandBig Tree trailnorth temperate rainforestboard walkwestern red cedarThuja plicata