One of my favorite things about the Pacific Northwest is the incredible mosses, lichen and fungi that live in the temperate rain forests. Living in the Great Basin desert in Utah doesn't allow for a lot of opportunity to see such verdant greenness and amazing heterotrophs such as this shelf fungus. I'm all out of big words now.
Oregon was fantastic, although summer hasn't quite made it to the coastal regions up north. The rain jackets came in handy. On the upside, it was very quiet. This was a family trip, so I didn't use the big camera as much as I thought. Most of the slack was picked by my iPhone. This was a quick shot taken with a Canon 5D II and a Canon 17-40 f/4 L lens.