About the Rainshadow–
Look at the map above. The darker green stripe flowing from top to bottom is the Cascade Range. Rain comes from the west–you can see how close the mountains are to the sea. As the clouds blow from the ocean, they drop rain on the lowlands of the Puget Sound and are pushed upward against the mountain range. This squeezes even more moisture from the air and as weather systems pass to the east, there is not much rain left. The east slopes of the Cascades are forested at higher elevations but trees start to disappear as the land smooths out. This is the rainshadow. This diverse area is where I live, work, and write.
Northwest native, introvert, polymath. Still interested in a lot of things, especially if they have something to do with art, the natural world, history, books, words, working with my hands. Have no use for fashion, advertising, social media, organized religion, noisy machines, nasty politics, venality or many other temptations of the 21st century.
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