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Trees I have encountered near the Pacific Ocean

Updated on June 20, 2013

On Vacation Adventures, I always Gravitate towards the Trees

It is difficult for me to find one vacation that I have taken that I didn't like.

I am not a person who likes the ordinary and tend to go to unknown locations. While many people have visited a particular beach, they may not have visited the little area down the road that has an old building or a house that is falling down.

Some of the best locations that I have found are areas that have no "bling" but are full of nature and trees. Many of these areas are along the Pacific Ocean, including California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

Trees are amazing to me. I can imagine what they have been through and most have lived a lot longer than I have. They have seen more natural disasters and have lived through some very difficult times. For many of them to make it through the test of time, they are things of beauty.

While Robert Frost wrote about trees and may others have mentioned trees in their writings or painted them in their works of art, I wanted to honor the trees I have known in this website.

I have taken various photos of trees that I have seen while in my travels. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Photo taken by author, tvyps

Washington tree at dusk
Washington tree at dusk
Funny Tree
Funny Tree

Trees Associated with the Pacific Ocean Region of the United States

Even thought the Pacific Ocean is salty, wildlife flourishes in its midst.

I have traveled all along the Pacific coast, including the coast of Hawaii. It is beautiful and lush in all of these regions and I love the green and other associated colors.

Trees are my favorite. They are plentiful, colorful and varied. While you may think they struggle to survive, there are many types that thrive in harsh environments. The extremes can include a lot of water and also arid climates. They can also grow along the coastal rocky shores, only getting watered by mist and water filtered though the sand and ground.

When you head to Hawaii, the Pacific vegetation there is lush and colorful. They say that many of the species exist because birds carried seeds across the ocean and dropped them there.

My favorite of all trees in the Pacific regions of the USA are the Redwoods. Their majesty is something that everyone needs to experience at least once in their lifetime.

The greens can be soothing so relax, put on some mood music, and enjoy your stroll through the trees in the United States Pacific region.

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Identifying that Unknown Tree

Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide f/St. Martin's Press)
Trees of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, Revised and Updated (Golden Field Guide f/St. Martin's Press)

If you have seen a particularly interesting tree and don't know what it is, what do you do?

After taking several photos, I would go home and look it up on the computer. Some may use their smart phone but it may take a long time to find their subject.

I think this book is the perfect solution. You can carry it with you and when you find a tree that you don't know, you can identify it on the spot. A great way to learn without reading a posted sign!

 

The Goat Tree - An Actual Tree I discovered in Washington - It looks like a goat is stuck through the tree!

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Why "Hugging a Tree" can Save your Life if you are Lost in the Forest

Hugging a tree is an interesting way to "stay put" when you get lost. Ever wonder why? Here are the reasons you should "Hug a Tree" if you get lost in the wilderness forest.

  1. A tree is a landmark when others are looking for you. Stop there and stay put. The larger the tree the better as it is most noticeable.
  2. When you continue to walk, you get more confused so staying in one location may enable you to get your bearings quicker.
  3. A tree can provide shade when it is hot or provide shelter from other elements including snow and rain. When the tree does not stop these completely, you will not get the brunt of the elements on top of you.
  4. Staying in one location keeps you closer to where you were originally lost. As you move further and further away, the distance grows greater between you and your starting location, where the search is probably beginning.
  5. Trees are usually near a water source and you definitely need water if you hope to survive.
  6. Where trees grow, other plants grow. Many of these are edible. Before beginning a hike in the forest, familiarize yourself with edible vegetation so you can have food to survive.
  7. If there is danger on the ground, a tree will sometimes provide you a place to climb to escape.

Nothwest Calfornia Coastal Trees

While everyone is familiar with the Redwood, there are many trees along the California Coast bordering the Pacific Ocean.

Some of the trees I have seen are shown below. While there are many more that I have photographed, these are the most memorable to me.

California Pine

California Pine
California Pine

Calfornia Redwood

California Redwood
California Redwood

California Redwood Bark

California Redwood Bark
California Redwood Bark

Windblown Trees along the Northern California Coast

Windblown Trees along the Northern California Coast
Windblown Trees along the Northern California Coast

Consider all Trees as Art

Trees: A Visual Guide
Trees: A Visual Guide

Yes, trees are amazing.

You can marvel at them but if you just look at them, you aren't capturing their true beauty.

If you look at trees as art, you will find that they have amazing colors, textures and designs. Much like any artwork in any museum.

Look at the trees differently and they will become more interesting.

 

Oregon Coastal Trees

Many of the trees I have seen in Oregon are very similar to the trees in California and Oregon.

Although the Redwood Forest slightly extends into Oregon, most of the trees in Oregon are evergreen and other hardy pine varieties.

Here are a few trees that I have seen while going to and through Oregon.

Windblown Trees along the Oregon Coastal Highway

Windblown Trees along the Oregon Coastal Highway
Windblown Trees along the Oregon Coastal Highway

Oregon Moss-Covered Trees

Oregon Mossy Trees
Oregon Mossy Trees

A Different Perspective of some Oregon Coastal Trees

A Different Perspective of some Oregon Coastal Trees
A Different Perspective of some Oregon Coastal Trees

Learn about Trees with your Children

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups
The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups

I probably learned more about trees by being in the outdoors than I did in any school.

However, there is something to be said about learning from a book, especially about trees.

This book is fascinating and if you think it is just for your children, think again.

You, as well as your children can learn various facts and information that can help you understand and appreciate trees.

 

Let's Take a Quick Trip to Hawaii

Hawaii is definitely known more for its beaches and volcanoes than the trees that exist there.

Here are a couple of interesting and colorful examples of trees that I had the pleasure to photograph.

It must be noted that the Banyan Tree is a single tree that grows from one root system although it appears that several separate trees are sprouting in the same area.

A Banyan Tree in Hawaii

A Banyan Tree in Hawaii
A Banyan Tree in Hawaii

A Mindando Gum Tree Bark in Maui, Hawaii

Mindando Gum Tree Bark in Maui Hawaii
Mindando Gum Tree Bark in Maui Hawaii

Washington State and its Abundance of Trees

I love the state of Washington.

There is so much moisture there that vegetation, including trees are everywhere. There is an endless variety and I have tried to capture some of the best that I have seen.

Please enjoy the forests in Washington with me.

A Walk through the Washington Tree-Lined Coastal Marsh - I'm always looking for the trees

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Large Tree in Long Beach Washington

Large Tree in Long Beach Washington
Large Tree in Long Beach Washington

Trees along the Washington Coastline

Trees along the Washington Coastline
Trees along the Washington Coastline

Washington Coast Treeline at Sunset during Fog

Washington Treeline at Sunset during Fog
Washington Treeline at Sunset during Fog

Now that the Sun is Setting, please Reflect on your Visit by Leaving some Comments - What better place to think than by the reflecting tree

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @CampingmanNW: I have actually been to Alaska. I was trying to focus on the US but if I had ever been to that part of Canada, I would've posted them. Thanks for the visit!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ItayaLightbourne: I have been to the rainforest. I will try to find some of the photos but I believe it was before I had a digital camera.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @lgOlson: That's funny. I lived here and have visited there and you lived there and now love here.

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      L Olson 

      5 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I feel the same as you tv, I love trees and feel close to them as another living thing. I grew up in Seattle and my favorite are in the Cascades, near Index where we used to camp along Troublesome creek. I always wonder now if that big tree is still there, that I counted 25 steps around the base. Maybe someday I will get back there to find out if my friend is still alive.

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      CampingmanNW 

      5 years ago

      The way your lens was motivating northward, I thought for sure you would continue through Canad and end up in Alaska. Beautiful and lush coastline all of the way there too. Inasmuch as I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I appreciate anything to do with the same, thanks for a fun and interesting lens.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I LOVE Trees! I also live in WA state. You are right in that there are so many beautiful trees here. If you haven't been to the Hoh Rainforest, you definitely need to put it on your list of places to visit the trees. Very lovely article. :)

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      NC Shepherd 

      5 years ago

      I love trees! Thanks for the awesome pictures.

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: You're always so nice to me. The comment about solitaire is funny but it really makes sense...hahaha!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @jeskasight: Thank you, I am humbled!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Namsak: Thank you for visiting!

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      Namsak 

      5 years ago

      Excellent adventure lens - my favourite

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      jeskasight 

      5 years ago

      I Love trees and the outdoors and I love, love, love this lens! Great job and amazing photos and tips! :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Visiting trees...what a wonderful life quest to meet many along your way. I love how you honor them here and am thinking that what you do has to be so soul satisfying everywhere you go to meet new tree friends. Your pictures are a treasure chest of wonders that you have captured! Your reasons for hugging a tree had me thinking of things people say to do when lost int the woods....be sure to have a deck of cards and start playing solitaire, someone is sure to come over your shoulder and tell you where to move a card. :)

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