dbhguru wrote:Kouta and Anthony,
Great posts. Fabulous photography. I love European beeches. There are many here in Florence and Northampton. I'm thinking about starting a photographic project to capture them. However, on another topic, I'm curious. Where are the wettest places in Europe that you all know of? I've seen some pretty high amounts listed for Europe and Asia Minor. Some may be in the Carpathian Mountains. I never hear of rainforest being associated with Europe, but some of the precipitation amounts meet an old definition for rainforest I remember of 75 inches or more of precipitation fairly evenly spread.
Here in the eastern United States, a few spots reach to 75 inches or more. So far as I know, all are in the Appalachian chain. Some precipitation maps show a small area in the Balsam Mountains as receiving around 100 inches annually, but I think these are projections/extrapolations. Mount Washington, New Hampshire receives an average of 98 inches of precip annually. Several of the official TVA reporting stations in the southern Appalachians receive between 80 and about 86 inches annually. Forest Service Coweeta Station #8 in the Nantahalas of North Carolina receives 93.
Bob, You would be hard pressed to get more rain fal than in cumbria! and Wales too, I will do some digging about and find out but the areas mentioned have awesome bryophytes, even Trees that have roots tracing the water down the branches till they reach the ground.
some images to illustrate, some Dartmoor, some Cumbria, if you guys ever fancy a British Isles tree trek I will happily be your guide for a week.
Got lots of contacts for woodland accses