Nature’s Champion Olympic National Park, National Geographic: Delicate Wildflowers In Spring

Looking down on white flower with ferns fronds with raindrops.

White petals of bunchberry are framed by delicate ferns just inches from the forest floor. The plant, a member of the dogwood family, is dotted with drops of water from a spring rain.

The lush sanctuary of temperate rain forests in the valleys of Quinault, Queets and the Hoh, receive 12 feet of rain a year. Seldom does the temperature drop below freezing in the rain forest, and summertime highs rarely exceed 80 F in Olympic National Park.

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