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The gentle giants of the forests would rule for centuries, then slowly falter and fragment, leaving snags to house the birds and bats, and finally fall and enrich the forest floor.

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And living together with these towering trees were whole galaxies of smaller creatures.

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There were young trees vibrant with life, and baby pines planted by forgetful squirrels, wild strawberries, and a whole melody of other plants and insects.

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And the leaves and cones and flowers fed the chipmunks and butterflies and rabbits..

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  and the forest was home, as well, to a whole sky full of birds; stellar jays and tanagers, blue_jay.jpg (11243 bytes)
  and grey jays that will eat out of your hand if you are still enough, and greyjayhand2.jpg (8541 bytes)  

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