Last month, I went on a TreeGirl tree hunt with my treegirl friend to the rainy Olympic Peninsula in western Washington State. The object of our desire was an ancient, thousand year old tree, and the former world's 'biggest' Western Redcedar tree (Thuja plicata, not a true cedar at all, but in the cypress family).
Before the trip, we had only seen one photo, and knew not yet where this tree resided. Would the tree be as magnificent as the picture and worthy of a treegirl photo shoot? Would we be able to find it? Would the unending rain in the rainforest let up while we captured our intimate encounter on film? Would we be able to be naked and not be seen by unsuspecting tree tourists exploring the country's fifth most visited National Park?
TreeGirl is an author, photographer, arborist, naturalist, forest ecotherapist and conservation educator bridging humans with wild nature.