Anexperience in the forest varies in a number of ways. It isbecause the forest’s condition is dependent of severalfactors. These factors include the vegetation present in the forest,the geographical area where the forest is, the current climaticconditions and the time of the day one is in the forest. The documentbelow analyzes an experience in a typical forest. A number of thingsgot observed and also the feelings got realized as the documentdiscusses (Perry et al., 2008).
Variousthings are viewable by an individual when he or she presents him orherself physically in the forest. One of the most evident things anindividual will view is vegetation layers. The vertical structure ofa typical forest presents itself in distinct layers. These layersalso have their description as the canopy, the understory, groundlayer as well as the forest floor. The canopy layer is woodland thatan individual will view as being the uppermost. These are the largesttrees of all. They tend to shield the other layers below them. Theyalso tend to shade them and also have an influence in themicroclimate. The shading provided by this layer of trees keeps theforest community beneath moist and cool. However, to some partsespecially those characterized by open canopy, the micro climate tendto be a bit dry and warm as opposed to closed canopy.
Thesecond viewable layer of vegetation also has its description as theunderstory. It presents the forests middle layer of vegetation. Thelayer tends to cast an additional shade on the layers of vegetationbelow them. The understory has varying types of vegetation. Some ofthe present vegetation have the nature of the canopy types ofvegetation and then presents immature trees that have potential offorming part in the uppermost layer of vegetation. These seedlingsand samplings may form part in the uppermost layer with the death ofthe overhead matured trees. However, other trees seem to have reachedtheir optimum size. The layer also incorporates some woody plantsusually with multiple stems (Perry et al., 2008).
Thethird viewable layer of vegetation also referred to as a ground layeris on the floor of the forest. Sedges, fern`s sedges, creepingshrubs, mosses and grasses are the evident species of vegetation thatform part of this vegetation layer. The tree species in this layerseem to have adapted to sheltered conditions, low light and hencecannot tolerate direct light environments. However, some of theevident species have developed large leaf surfaces. It is a possibleadaptation to enable these plants capture the limited sunlightavailable to the maximum. The noted examples of these plants that areavailable in that vegetation layer are the ferns and the wild ginger.
Forestfloor is another viewable feature that offers excellentcharacteristics. In the entire forest ecosystem, it is the mostdistinct of all. It comprises of fallen leaves, twigs, stems, barkand branches on the soil surface. It also consists of both organicand inorganic substances. Most of the living organisms includingbacteria, fungi and other microorganisms tend to inhabit in theforest floor. The forest floor seems to be rich in mineral andnutrients contents. A lot of carbon, as well as energy from theecosystem of the forest, get added to the forest floor over time. Theforest floor also seems to be a deposit for nutrients that arenecessary for the success of the entire forest’s ecosystem (Perryet al., 2008).
Oncein the forest an individual experiences varying feelings dependingwith the region one is and the time of the day. The forestenvironment is cool and humid with a limited amount of heat. Anindividual feels very relaxed and air breathed is very cool andfresh. The forest’s climatic condition feels very refreshing to theentire body especially during daytime. Ample oxygen amount isresponsible for the relaxing condition experienced. However, duringthe night the condition is not conducive partly because of the coldand also because the limited amount of oxygen which resulted tobreathing hardships.
Theforest has a wide range of creatures. Many wild animals have theirinhabitants in the forests. Both the carnivores and the herbivoresare present. Examples of the carnivore`s creatures present includethe lions, leopards and cheetahs among others while the herbivoresinclude antelopes, elephants among others. Birds are also evidentcreatures in the forest ecosystem. Other creatures include fungi,bacteria, mites, ants and other crawling creatures that tend to livein the forest floor. Different creatures live in different places inthe forest varying from the top of the trees to the available bushesas well underground (Perry et al., 2008).
Thereis a notable difference in the forest’s condition between 10 AM and10 PM of the day. Temperature offers one of the differences where 10P.M the temperature tends to be freezing and not conducive while at10 AM the weather is cool and very conducive for a person to be. At10 AM the breathing system gets balanced while at 10 pm breathinggets characterized by some hardships and the required air by the bodyseems scarce. The aspect has a direct relationship with biology inthat the trees during the night tend to consume oxygen the same wayhumans do while at day time they release oxygen.
Perry,D. A., Oren, R., & Hart, S. C. (2008). Forestecosystems.Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.