Forest Sunlight on Moss Covered Boulders – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The attached photographs are from a hiking trail near North Bend, Washington. The trail is called Lil Si and is just 4.1 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1300 ft. It’s a beautiful trail through some very dense forest vegetation. When I came across these moss-covered boulders with the sunlight coming through the canopy, the term “photo shoot” sang out to me.

The first shot is the trail itself. Notice the sun shining on the boulder at the top portion of the frame….this was the first indication of what I was about to see up ahead.

For this next shot, I zoomed in on the moss-covered rock from the first picture.

The rest of the moss-covered rock captures were all taken within feet of each other. It was truly a stunning scene.


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23 thoughts on “Forest Sunlight on Moss Covered Boulders – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Every time we get up to Seattle…I love hiking in the woods…..such lush thick foliage….I am a hiker from way back, but we have spent the last 40+ years in Denver and San Diego and just recently Arizona….Denver mountain hiking was great, but still nothing like the forests of the great Pacific Northwest!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  1. Sue Slaght

    Kirt you may not recall this but I remember one of the first posts of yours that really got my attention. It was of images of moss. Maybe in the Seattle area. Those, as with these, make me feel as though I could reach out and touch the softness. Love the lighting in the last one especially.

  2. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Woods, that velvety green moss, and dappled light. Always elegan results. I really like the 4th one because of the contrast of dark and highlights ( like painter’s chiaroscuro) and the arrangement of the boulders that leads your eye around the scene.


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