If you were to walk ten steps forward from the exact spot this photograph was taken, you would look over the boulder-edged Lynn Creek of North Vancouver, British Columbia. Second-growth forest lines both sides of the creek, as lumber mills were active in the area during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Logging continued until 1929 when the area was recognized as a watershed.
Remnants of the logging operations line the trail, in the form of old, massive stumps and abandoned machinery. If memory serves correctly (this photograph was taken last June), very few wildflowers can be found along the length of the trail. This is typical – low-light conditions from the always-present conifer canopy prevent even seasonal wildflowers from establishing, unlike hardwood, deciduous forests. That’s not to say that light is the only reason for fewer wildflowers in coniferous forests, but it certainly is a major factor.