|Big trees on the edge along the coast near Sooke|
|Looking up at a downed Sitka spruce waiting to slide into the ocean|
|Eventually the tree in the distance will join others on the beach|
Sitka spruce often have shallow root systems as many begin life on top of downed trees or 'nurse logs'. This makes them susceptible to blow down later in life. Sitka spruce can live for up to 800 years, but it is unlikely that those growing in exposed, easily eroded areas will make it that far. The oldest trees I saw along Ella beach are probably half that age.
|Big Sitka spruce along Ella beach in a low bank, sheltered setting|
|This Douglas-fir holds on against all odds|
|This Douglas-fir, anchored by roots growing into the cliff, hangs suspended in the air|
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