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

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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