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Old 06-06-2013, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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No it doesn't. To you maybe. But not to someone who pursues natural sciences/nature study for either a career or hobby.
Those are not the people responding to such threads in forums like this. Even to a person who knows science/nature, the resemblance I described is striking and unexpected and would surprise most people.

Foe example, I know birds pretty well, and dense forest is a terrible place to look for birds. They are seemingly absent, the forest is very quiet of birdsong, the species variety in any acre of forest is very low, even the tropics.

To a person getting off a tour bus, a forest is a very uniform and uneventful place, and all essentially indistinguishable to the untrained eye, except the difference between coniferous and deciduous. Few people would see any difference from one forest to another, without a tour guide pointing out unique features, and tour guides are often summer jobs done by people who have no knowledge except a few talking points, and are unable to answer even the most fundamental questions.

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Old 06-06-2013, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I am a fan of evergreens, so any forest rich in them is most beautiful to me: from Redwood Forest to the Washington Penninsula to the North Woods of MN/WI/MI to New England. I'd imagine Canada would have a major foothold in the argument as well.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:18 AM
 
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Representing for the Southern Appalachians here. Due to the retreat of the ice age you get so many ecosystems all within a short distance.

Unfortunately it is slipping with the demise of the hemlocks :-( . But the Balsam Firs are coming back at the highest elevations and it smells like hiking through a christmas tree forest.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Juneau
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I don't know if I'd be "surprised". I lived in Eugene for several years, travelled a fair bit in Oregon, Washington and NorCal.

I didn't think it was the most beautiful, majestic, stunning place on earth. I thought it was lovely at times and in certain spots, but I never thought it was anywhere near as phenomenal as the natives and proselytizing transplants seemed to. There a kind of culture in Oregon (especially) and the PacNW in general of utter disbelief if an individual doesn't think Oregon is The Greatest Thing Ever!! I never understood that.
The most spectacular parts of this temperate rainforest aren't in California, Washington or Oregon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PDYDCamZ9g


Tongass: A Rare Glimpse Into America's Rainforest - YouTube


Shades of Green: Welcome to the Tongass National Forest - YouTube
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Representing for the Southern Appalachians here. Due to the retreat of the ice age you get so many ecosystems all within a short distance.

Unfortunately it is slipping with the demise of the hemlocks :-( . But the Balsam Firs are coming back at the highest elevations and it smells like hiking through a christmas tree forest.
The Smokies alone have greater tree diversity than the entire continent of Europe.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Adirondacks forest, New York.


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Old 06-07-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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Northern Appalachia, Northern Cali and the Northwoods.

The PacNW has pretty trees for postcards, but on the ground it is a dank, dreary, mucky, mouldy wet mess most of the time.

Second vote here for the Northern Appalachia. Thick hardwood forests with a ton of green underbrush. Nothing beats the NE in the Fall. You won't find those vibrant colors any where else in the country.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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Second vote here for the Northern Appalachia. Thick hardwood forests with a ton of green underbrush. Nothing beats the NE in the Fall. You won't find those vibrant colors any where else in the country.

What about the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes?

Here's some of Minnesota:
0837C219.jpg | Mira Images
File:Superior National Forest - Copy.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
Oberg Mountain, Superior National Forest, MN, Fall Colors | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
http://www.perfectduluthday.com/wp-c...12/09/fall.jpg
Duluth Fall Colors | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Fantastic Fall Drives - Minnesota Monthly - September 2012 - Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota
Fall Colors in Tettegouche - iWitness Weather Photos and Video Photo
The Shelton Family: Fall Colors in St. Paul
Shovel Point, Painted | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Best Places To See Fall Colors In Minnesota CBS Minnesota
Autumn in the City | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
http://www.awardwinningcitytours.com...x-river-cruise

Towering over Fall Colors | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Voyageurs National Park | GORP.com
Voyageurs: 'It's all remarkable' | Minnesota Public Radio News
Capture Minnesota Photo Contest - Water Fall Color by Peter de Sibour
iron range fall colors - Google Search
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:59 PM
 
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I don't think there is a best per se. So many different things to look at that make it unique that I can't choose a best. I like the mountains where there are pine trees and creeks of melting snow coming down them in colorado. Minnesota has tons of trees by sheer volume up north. Minneapolis as a city has trees everywhere. They have roads with trees lined down each side of them all over the place.

California has sheer size and beauty of the giant sequias and redwood trees. All uniqe and great in their own ways and all have totally different feelings when in them.

Coolness factor goes to redwoods. Color factor to MN, ruggedness colorado, and probably other states I have never been to are also great.

Wallpapers Unlimited: Redwood National Park, California

Keep in mind this is in town minnesota.
http://twincitiesrealestatebuzz.com/...mit-Avenue.jpg

up north Minnesota
915655hx.jpg | Russ Bishop Photography
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