Winter Greens

Words Morgan Taylor
Photos Morgan Taylor
Date Dec 6, 2012

The winter riding season has decidedly arrived here on the Shore. As we approach the winter solstice, geometric constants are turning early afternoon into dusk on the regular. Laments about inclement weather, its related trail conditions, and a resultant lack of rides, seem to be a regular occurrence.

Looking back at last year’s article The Changing of the Guard, where I expounded on a bunch of winter stoke bringers, I am still convinced that there are good reasons to get out in the woods as often as possible – bike or no bike. At risk of sounding like a broken record, I feel like this is one of the best times of the year on the Shore.

At this point I’m looking forward two weeks on the calendar – to see that the days are getting longer again very soon. There is light at the end of this tunnel of axial tilt. But regardless of that, I keep looking for moments where I feel like I could not be in a better place.

Following yesterday’s Mossoleum piece, we’ve got new features to exploit. Click the first photo and make your way through this set in high res.

Fromme.

Seymour.

Cypress.

The classics never die.

That wet Shore feel.

Neil Young put out Harvest in 1972.

Reflecting.

And on the bright side, another ride is right around the corner…


Been out in the woods lately?

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - Dec. 7, 2012, 1:25 a.m.

Thanks all for the comments… hope you're enjoying the season!

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Brother-Lu
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Brother Lu  - Dec. 6, 2012, 5:29 p.m.

Allright I'm trying this new format.Nice photos Morgan!

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Mordax
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Red Bully  - Dec. 6, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

PNW rain forest is amazing. Large part of why I moved here and why I got into forest sciences.

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Bradical
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Bradical  - Dec. 6, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

Nice photo's
Our winter rain forest is a magical place when all this moisture is present. I love how the green moss just pops with colour!

Best time of year for riding in my opinion.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 6, 2012, 12:55 p.m.

I want some of these greens in my lunch salad.

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - Dec. 6, 2012, 2:44 p.m.

Comin' right up!

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Jerry-Rig  - Dec. 6, 2012, 9:36 a.m.

Fall riding is my favourite. Tacky trails and lower temps. I'm not a fan of +30 riding and marbles.

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IFO
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IFO  - Dec. 6, 2012, 8:37 a.m.

BAH…

give me the dry, HOT n dusty days of summer plz..

whislt rain is better then snow/ice. really they both suk tbh.

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InaCycle
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InaCycle  - Dec. 6, 2012, 10:24 a.m.

Gee IFO, you could have extended those HOT n dusty days south of the border if only you had that little $75 pass…

Nic pics Morgan but what's with the brown bits when the title is Winter Greens? 😛

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morgman
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Morgan Taylor  - Dec. 7, 2012, 1:24 a.m.

I see orange more than brown 😉

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the-Master-Plan-Dan
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the Master Plan Dan  - Dec. 6, 2012, 7:29 a.m.

It is true about getting out into the forest at this time. Even though my tires rarely see dirt; unless it has a coating of manacured park grass seeded above, getting out into the forest and stopping for a few minutes to take it all in is humbling. Reminds me of why I moved here.

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satn
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satn  - Dec. 6, 2012, 7:29 a.m.

Great pix! Me want to ride instead of work. 🙁

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