National Geographic : 1964 Jul
AR BELOW THE REDWOODS' whispering tops lies a world of small things. Across the darkened forest floor animals and insects creep, crawl, and fly; mosses and lichens cling; and plants hide miniature blooms among massive trunks. Magnificent Pepperwood Grove still stands in tact beside the Redwood Highway. The Pacific Lumber Company, despite high taxes on uncut timber, has refrained from cutting the glorious trees. Save-the-Redwoods League hopes through gifts to buy and preserve Pepperwood for the Nation. Its leafy carpet of oxalis wilts in sunlight but revives in the grove's accustomed shade. Sugar-scoop (Tiarella unifoliata) nods a bloom only about a fifth as wide as seen in this picture. Oxalis wears a violet undercoat. European garden snail (Helix as persa) drags its shell over a mossy course. This Old World immigrant has spread across North America.