Images of a Big Island

Rumble in the Jungle!

Wandering through the rainforest is something I like to do occasionally, the peace and quiet always seems to recharge my batteries! When you start looking closely you realise that the peace and quiet masks a struggle for survival that is incessant and sometimes downright nasty.
Sunlight is the name of the game in the rainforest, just about every plant is trying to get as much as it can of a limited resource. Many types of plant like the Strangler Fig will use any means to get to the sun in some cases killing another tree in the process.

Nutrients are another resource that are sometimes hard fought for. Plants will go to extrordinary lengths to put down roots and establish themselves in what is often poor, shallow soil.

Large rocks split apart by the tenacious roots of a tree that is looking for nutrients is a common sight.
Because rain forest is often situated in mountainous areas, larger trees require a root system that will give extra support , so the convoluted buttress root system is favoured by larger trees like Tulip Oak.

Taking a camera into the rainforest is often frustrating as you try to capture the myriad of textures,shapes and colours surrounding you. Light levels are usually low, so a tripod is an absolute. Trying to pluck some order from the chaos surrounding you is sometimes difficult but I usually find if you slow down and start looking for the details you usually find some great images.
Be prepared to spend a lot longer in the forest than you originally planned! Oh, and don’t forget the repellant!

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2 responses

  1. Tony Middleton

    Nice work Tim – You are spot in and it is always pretty hard to do these places any justice that is for sure.
    Also I really like the image in your header with the yacht backdropped by Gloucester Island (?)

    cheers,

    March 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    • Thanks Tony, I am always disappointed with the images I come back with. A lot more difficult than it looks for sure!
      Just for you I will put ub a larger version of my header image, one of my favourites as well!

      March 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

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