"Symmetry""Kahlotus Morning" - Kahlotus Ridgetop Natural Area Preserve is managed by the Washington Dept. of Natural Resources (Natural Areas Program) to protect the best remaining example of 'dry' Palouse prai"Forest Primeval"Elk Lake"Undulating Horizon" - Ancient sand dunes, once covered by bunchgrasses and wildflowers, are now populated by wheat and a few other crops. View is from Steptoe Butte."Sword Fern Surprise" - Tucked away in a ravine along the north slope of Kamiak Butte is a moist forest community where this sword fern (Polystichum munitum) was found growing.Fire in the SkyMount Rainier Parkland"Before Our Time" - Native prairie vegetation still covers much of Steptoe Butte. In the foreground is a nice example of what the Palouse prairie once looked like before our forebears converted it to"Ancient Noble Fir Forest" - This old growth forest of noble fir (Abies procera) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) has the second highest  stem and basal biomass in the world (redwood forests  ("Selkirk Landscape" - Riparian wetlands along North Fork Granite Creek within the Selkirk Mountains of northeastern Washington. Various sedges and willows dominate this site, with Engelmann spruce (Pi"Hoh Rainforest""Winter Canopy II" - Canopy of old Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana) tree. Taken at Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, Washington. As with nearby prairies, these oak woodlands have experienced drastic los"Goat Marsh Old Growth" - The Goat Marsh Research Natural Area lies at the southwest base of Mount Saint Helens. The RNA was established to preserve a diverse wetland complex as well as intact forestsCape Disappointment"Dissipating Fog" - Fog burning off as mid-morning sun warms the forest interior.Summer Forest Electron CloudGrassy Bald"Cypress Pool" - Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) tree growing alongside a slow-moving creek. This riparian area was so lush compared to the relativley dry oak/juniper woodland found above the canyon"Douglas-fir Window" - View of the Salish Sea from Lummi Island, Washington.