Moss and magic

Hoh tree moss 3

There’s a short loop trail, the Hall of Mosses, at the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park. Moss, of course, is a given in a rainforest. But the trail traverses some particularly beautiful areas. This spot, filled with magnificent trees, dwarfs walkers. Did you notice the people in the shot above?

Hoh tree moss 1

Some trees are so covered in moss it’s hard to tell if the trees themselves are still alive. The effect of the greenery and moss is truly magical.

Hoh tree moss 2

Other trees are iced with a coating of moss that gives them an entirely different look from a typical evergreen.

The Hoh Rainforest can be reached as a day trip from Sequim although the roughly three hour drive each way makes for a long one. We camped for a couple of days which allowed more exploration.


As I reflect on the world’s grief and pain I’d like to share a longer prayer that seems fitting with the rainforest photos above.

A Prayer for the World

Let the rain come and wash away
the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds
held and nurtured over generations.
Let the rain wash away the memory
of the hurt, the neglect.
Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.
Let the warmth of the sun heal us
wherever we are broken.
Let it burn away the fog so that
we can see each other clearly.
So that we can see beyond labels,
beyond accents, gender or skin color.
Let the warmth and brightness
of the sun melt our selfishness.
So that we can share the joys and
feel the sorrows of our neighbors.
And let the light of the sun
be so strong that we will see all
people as our neighbors.
Let the earth, nourished by rain,
bring forth flowers
to surround us with beauty.
And let the mountains teach our hearts
to reach upward to heaven.

Rabbi Harold Kushner

4 thoughts on “Moss and magic”

  1. Yesterday’s posting had nothing in it to perceive the true size of the trees.Today the two people in the first photo add perspective to the trees. They are humongous!

  2. At first I thought you wrote “Hall of Moses,” and I wondered about that! 🙂 It is a gorgeous place – has that fairy-tale appearance; like something out of Alice and Wonderland. Nice poem, too.

  3. Oh, Kay, what a wonderful poem to accompany your splendid photos. I often post poems on my FB page; I hope you do not mind if I post this one. There are several other poems about the power of nature that I love also, and each one gives me pleasure and hope as this one does. Thank you!

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