Forests

Forests

This was a fun blog for me to do because part of my childhood was spent in the redwood forests of Northern California. These weren’t the giant redwoods, and yes my family was there as part of the logging industry, but it was a magical place to live. There were creeks and rivers to explore throughout our forest as well as the nearby ocean. Though life in a remote village community had its share of challenges, some of them at times frightening, growing up in a forest was an enriching experience and I’m forever grateful for it. One of my favorite memories was of watching my mother harvest the rich mulch from around the base of trees and bring it back to our home to work into her vegetable garden. That was an education all by itself.

This is a fun, fascinating 8-minute video of the 17 biggest trees in the world.  Here’s a fun, 8-minute video featuring a British look at the differences between managed and unmanaged forests as well as medieval and primeval forests. This 25-minute slide-show video features 6 ancient forests and lots of information. The photos are gorgeous and there’s an evocative soundtrack. 

FunFacts about Forests: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: A forest is a large area dominated by trees. Hundreds of more precise definitions of forest are used throughout the world, incorporating factors such as tree density, tree height, land use, legal standing and ecological function. According to the widely used Food and Agriculture Organization definition, forests covered 4 billion hectares (9.9×109 acres) (15 million square miles) or approximately 30 percent of the world’s land area in 2006. (Source)
  • At different latitudes and elevations, forests form three very different ecozones:
    • boreal forests near the poles
    • tropical forests near the equator
    • temperate forests at mid-latitudes
  • The boreal forest is also known as taiga and it is the largest ‘biome’ apart from the oceans. Think Russia and Canada. A biome is a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics relating to their shared environment.
  • The tropical forests are located in places like Brazil, Africa and Southeast Asia. Another word for these forests is ‘jungle’.
  • The third type of forest is the temperate forest. These are located in areas with the widest seasonal changes. They are also called: deciduous, coniferous, broadleaf and mixed forest and rainforest.
  • There are more than 800 definitions of ‘forests’ around the world.
  • A forest is usually defined as a local area with the presence of trees. However, some areas are called forests if they once had trees or might have trees in the future.
  • The first forests appeared 380 million years ago.
  • Forests consist of many living components, quote: trees, shrubs, vines, grasses and other herbaceous (non-woody) plants, mosses, algae, fungi, insects, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and microorganisms living on the plants and animals and in the soil. (Source)
  • There are four parts to a forest: the forest floor, the understory, the canopy and the emergent layer. The latter usually refers to those trees in a tropical forest that tower over the canopy.
  • Forests provide a lot of good things for the earth: they convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, they induce rainfall, they purify water, and they act as a ‘carbon sink’ which can help prevent climate change.

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36 thoughts on “Forests

  1. We don’t have forests here as such, we have the bush. I’m not a fan of the bush.

    The pictures are beautiful. No bugs to annoy me, no stifling heat.

  2. Beautiful pictures! I enjoyed watching the videos. I found the video dealing with the 6 ancient forests to be very informative. Growing up I had some tree lines and one area was a wooded area . It was always fun exploring the woods and see what I found in the area as a child.

  3. That’s one of things I miss most about not having our land anymore being up their in the summer just us and the forest. Sometimes we had deer rabbits and black bears and beavers!!!

  4. So far, the forests I’ve liked the best were the ones in Hawaii. The trees there are so beautiful and some of the paths had tree tunnels that looked straight out of a movie.

  5. Loved the videos and pictures. The colors if the forest are beautiful. I love the sounds of the forest – so alive. I watched the 25 minute video twice (the second time I closed my eyes and just listened – so relaxing).

  6. I always I have always loved the forest. I always feel at home and peaceful there. I am an earth sign so that kind of makes sense and I always imagined that this fairies or gnomes or some mystical creature hanging out there LOL. One day I hope to find one haha.

  7. Those pictures are just gorgeous and have a way of soothing my soul. My husband and I used to summer in North Carolina where we took long hikes in the mountains several days a week. It was wonderful and a lovely memory. Unfortunately, arthritis doesn’t allow me to do it anymore, but it was fun!

  8. The photos are stunning! Wouldn’t you like to have that career? Just taking pictures of everything Mother Nature has to offer! Such peacefulness and beauty.

  9. Love a forest. I think they are very mystical.. Loved all the pictures. For me, I can walk in the forest and lose all the stress.

  10. I have never been to California but would love to come visit all the wonderful redwoods. I have been in the rocky mountains; but live in NC and love the smokey mountains

  11. I go between Michigan and Indiana, and we have BEAUTIFUL forests. Would not trade them for anywhere else in the world.

  12. Wow! I didn’t know how much I didn’t know about forests. Wonderfully informative blog today. Thank you. I especially liked the slide-show video of the six forests around the world. Awesome. As for picking a favorite picture above . . . Impossible! Each touched me in some way.

    Yes. I love the forest, or woods as I have always called it. I have lived near some a good deal of my life. Nothing as dramatic as those shown here, but good for hiking (read wandering) anyway. I have seen the giant sequoias and redwoods of California. Awesome. As for some of the others, only in my arm-chair wandering. But yes, inspiring, no matter how one observes these wonders of nature.

  13. I have to say we in Tucson do not have forests until this newsletter and it is quite interesting I know the Sequoia’s in California and of course the Redwood’s but this was quite interesting too.

  14. I love forests! Breathtaking photos! I grew up in the center of our town right on one of the main streets only a few blocks from Purdue University, and that was an experience of itself. But I will always remember the first time I got to visit the property where my dad built our house. In the middle of the woods, surrounded by ravines, and we even have a natural pond that drains into the ravines which makes them little creeks when we get a lot of rain. I spend my elementary school years playing outside in the woods in what I considered my magical forest. One of my favorite things to do now that I’m older is to go hiking, camping, and exploring in nature and forest and mountains around the world.

  15. Lovely pictures, as usual. My favorite is the toadstool on the forest floor. I don’t recall seeing anything like that in my local forests. I guess the San Bernardino and Angeles National Forests weren’t quite the right place for something that magical looking.

  16. Can’t choose one – loved them all, they are all beautiful. Love going hiking at Coronado National Park and they have trees as well as Flagstaff which has a gorgeous forest. AZ

  17. Growing up in MA my parents owned 17 acres of forest surrounding our house.

    That was the playground for my brothers and I while growing up.

    It had springs, brooks, and a couple of fields thrown in for good measure.
    We were like monkeys, always climbing trees.

  18. I loved every picture. The picture above the toadstool puts me in mind of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. I can imagine Ichabod Crane riding thru this forest getting spooked. I expect to see the Headless Horsemen in all his glory thru the trees. This picture has such a lovely “scary” look. I would love to walk thru this forest and be delightfully scared. All the pictures are wonderful.

    As a child, our family would visit The Smokey Mountains. My Mom lived in NC as a child and we would visit often. I’ve seen many wonderful scenes of the mountains, in fog, rain, snow and sunlight. I loved them all.

    I was visiting my husbands family in NJ. They have property in Sussex Co. One day while returning from a visit we had a storm. After the rain we saw three rainbows at the same time. A once in a lifetime experience.

  19. I’m from Broussard, Louisiana essentially the heart of Cajun Country(actually Lafayette is considered the heart of Cajun Country but since I live in Lafayette parish in suburb of Lafayette,I guess that is close enough to say I live in the heart of Cajun,right?) Anyway,we don’t really have forests,more like wooded areas.I did live in Colorado for a year when my exhusband was in the Army, there was plenty of forest there. I think the forest is very pretty but because of my allergies it isn’t ideal for me. I love the picture with the wooded steps pathway surrounded by forest & the one with the red leaf trail going through it.

  20. Beautiful pictures as usual. I worry about the damage to the rain forest and hope no one finds those giant trees.

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