My last post was from the hot Red Centre, from the desert. This one is from quite different habitat - from the rain forest in northern Australia, Queensland. It is the area much less visited by turists. It is far away from anything - to Brisbane, the capital of the state, it is more than 1700 km, 24 hours by express train. When I show my photos, everybody asks - what is rainforest?
The simplest answer is: rainforest is the forest where it rains. let's see what is written in Wikipedia.
Rainforests are forests characterized by high rainfall, with annual rainfall between 250 cm to 450 cm. The monsoon trough, alternatively known as the intertropical convergence zone, plays a significant role in creating the climatic conditions necessary for the Earth's tropical rainforests.
Around 40% to 75% of all biotic species are indigenous to the rainforests. It has been estimated that there may be many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforests have been called the "jewels of the Earth" and the "world's largest pharmacy", because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there.
Rainforests are the Earth's oldest living ecosystems.
These incredible places cover only 6 %of the Earth's surface but yet they contain MORE THAN 1/2 of the world's plant and animal species!
The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of the frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia, and 65% of Australia's bat and butterfly species. 18% of bird species in the country can be found in this area. There are also over 12,000 species of insects. All of this diversity is contained within an area that takes up 0.1% of the landmass of Australia.
Much of the Daintree Rainforest is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site, being listed by UNESCO in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values highlighted by the rainforest.
It is fascinating place but very difficult to show on the photo. So this is a portrait of one of the inhabitants.
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jemaflor (74044) 2013-09-07 1:13
interesting close up with this strange animal, well made even the sharpness is not perfect, tfs.
snunney (72604) 2013-09-07 2:09
Good close-up on this dragon lizard. You have managed to lift it from the background very well indeed. Good colours and detail.
limielski (2571) 2013-09-07 2:31
Smok niczym wawelski. Głębia ostrości dobrana znakomicie to rozmyte tło i bokeh wyglada znakomicie i podkesla pierwszy plan czyli smoka :-)
Ładne ujęcie no i smok całkiem upodobniony do kory drzewa na którym siedzi.
Tez zycze miłego weekendu
subhendu_bagchi (20976) 2013-09-07 2:59
wow, what a clear capture of this reptile. Great sharp details, nice colour tone. Great capture with such dark background. Excellent shot. Tfs.
carlo62 (19333) 2013-09-07 3:58
a parte che avrei scelto un taglio verticale ( gusto mio) per il resto č una foto molto bella e interessante.
Molto belli i colori, eccellente la qualitą, anche se non sembra felice di essere fotografato, avresti dovuto fargli vedere il risultato.
Romano46 (11393) 2013-09-07 4:25
una bella e simpatica visione, ripresa con eccellente nitidezza che permette di ammirarne tutti i dettagli.
Una delle tante simpatiche presenza del continente australiano la cui fauna tanto si differenzia dalla nostra.
Un altro bello scatto riportato dal tuo meraviglioso tour nel continente australiano.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ChrisJ (91200) 2013-09-07 4:31
It probably comes as a surprise to many overseas visitors to Australia to find that there are parts that are green and wet, like this, after seeing images of Uluru in the desert. Good use of a shallow dof to isolate and emphasise the lizard partially camouflaged against its bg. Excellent sharpness and tight framing. Tfs!
holmertz (31226) 2013-09-07 9:02
What a pleasure to meet a fantastic creature like this in its natural surroundings. And you were lucky to see it at all, considering its perfect camouflage.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-09-07 9:37
piekne storzenie,ale osobiscie ciesze sie ze mieszka tak daleko od nas:)mam chyba jakas fobie przed gadami:)
Ale juz calkiem powaznie,to znakomity kadr i zblizenie!Super zblizenie i ostrosc na pierwszym planie oraz ladnie rozmyte tlo.
Swiatlo chyba musialo byc dosyc trudne,bo widze 1/6 sek.czasu naswietlania,co bez statywu nie jest tak latwe do wykonania(tez ostatnio mialem podobne problemy).
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego weekendu
Silvio1953 (105381) 2013-09-08 6:35
Ciao Malgorzata, great capture of fantastic preistorich monster, Amazing details, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-10 4:24
Wonderful picture of this camouflaged lizard, with excellent colors and a perfect depth of field to emphasize it! Excellent POV and composition!