We decided to take my grandfather to Stanley park since the weather was so gorgeous today. It's a pretty typical thing to do with visitors from out of town, but it was quite different from the usual trip to the park. Due to the severe damage from the storm we had a couple of weeks ago, most of the park is inaccessible, but we were able to get in on the side where the damage wasn't so bad - the worst damage seems to have occurred on the side where the winds came right off the open ocean.
The sight of this gorgeous old tree laying on its side was heartbreaking. Everyone who came by couldn't help but stop and look.
Normally, you wouldn't have been able to see through this stand of trees. There's a lot more light coming into the park now.
Whole trees are uprooted and laying on their sides. Notice how many smaller surrounding trees were ripped up by the force of the larger trees' roots.
This strip of road was lined with exposed roots like these ones. It's hard to tell from the photo, but this clump of roots was at least 15-20 feet high. Many people were walking around in utter disbelief at what they were seeing.
Logging crews are expected to come in and clean things up over the next year or so. There's always a concern about fire in the park during the summer, so getting all of that fuel out of there is a real priority.