Big Leaf Maple Bark and Moss

Here's an image I captured today while visiting McLane Creek. This is the bark of a Big Leaf Maple and some Lichen growing on it.

We saw a lot of chum salmon making their climactic pilgrimage from the ocean, where they grew big and strong and spent their lives, back to the land from which they were born, so that they can continue the cycle. The fish were in various stages of decay, some had lost nearly all of their scales. I have heard that the fish don't taste good at this point in their lives. Which is good, because we might eat them all if they did.

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