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old-growth forest, Carbon River, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, vine maple
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Vine Maple

Carbon River, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Vine Maple grows in the understory of an old-growth forest.  The stump next to it tells the story of a fallen tree, and the opening it created probably made the growth of the vine maple possible.  Old-growth forests are always changing, but it's at a pace that is hard for humans to detect; forests follow a different time scale.  Photo © copyright by Stephen Penland.

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