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.