Temperate Rainforests can be found on the west coast of North America but the one I want to show you today is located on the other side of the Pacific.
The Yakushima Forest, Japan.
The lushness of the forest on Yakushima is what grabbed my attention.
Some of the best preserved examples of forest are found in Kirishima-Yaku National Park on the Island of Yakushima off of Kyūshū in a very wet climate (the annual rainfall is 4,000 to 10,000 mm depending on altitude).
Because of relatively infertile soils on granite, Yakushima’s forests in higher elevations are dominated by a giant conifer species, Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica), rather than deciduous forests typical of the mainland.
The top photo is a common wallpaper image. I was not able to find out the name of the photographer. If anyone can help me with this, I’d appreciate it.