Devils Club,
Bear Creek

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Aficionados debate about which coastal brush is most characteristic. Slide alder, vine maple and nettles each have their exponents, but most bushwackers have a special place in their hearts for devils club. With poison barbs and leaves the size of dinner plates, the best specimens tower overhead in a luminescent green canopy. In this photo, Mark Bebie traverses a grove near the U.S.-Canada border.

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