This spruce forest was photographed from a low flying private aircraft with an open window.
Multiple Sitka Spruce trees present throughout forest. The trees were relatively tall so it was difficult to identify them form just their needles, which is why I used their cones as a confirming factor for ID.
Habitat: Mixed conifer sitka spruce forest nestled between the oceanside and marshy areas. Very moist & dense forest at sea level.
Vegetation: Ground cover species present included Gaultheria shallon, Vaccinium spp, Maianthemum dilatatum, & various mosses.
Weather: Overcast day, slightly cloudy and drizzly. Cooler by the shore, around mid 60's/
Take 101 West and follow signs to Ocean Shores.
Bark is a flaky scales, with a grey and reddish brown splotches. The needles are a bluish-green and stiff, very sharp. The cones are reddish brown with irregular toothed scales.
a spruce?? maybe?
Picea sitchensis, the Sitka spruce, is a large coniferous evergreen tree growing to almost 100 m tall, and with a trunk diameter at breast height that can exceed 5 m (see List of superlative trees. It is by far the largest species of spruce; and the fifth largest conifer in the world (behind giant sequoia, coast redwood, kauri and western redcedar); and the third tallest conifer species (after coast redwood and coast Douglas-fir). The Sitka spruce...