This is part of the Daintree Rainforest, the largest rainforest in Australia and home to the largest number of flora and fauna species in the country. Situated on the Far North Queensland Coast, this area is as far North as you can get without a Four Wheel Drive Vehicle. As inviting as this creek looks, the surrounding area is infested with crocodiles. When travelling to this area, you need to be very aware of where you stand and swim.
A week before travelling here, this part of Queensland was subjected to a Grade 5 Cyclone, where winds of up to 300kph hit the coast. Luckily the cyclone's eye "split" and the impact was, thankfully, nothing like the destruction wreaked by Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
Until recent years, the Daintree Forest was under constant threat from being logged and mined. Through sustained and vocal protest dating from about 1985, this world heritage site was saved. I'm proud to say that I was one of the many people who protested in defence of this magnificent forest. So seeing the Forest in all its untouched beauty was very poignant.
Sadly, we now have a new challenge on our hands. Along with the Government's senseless destruction of the nearby Great Barrier Reef, it is now trying to have 400,000 hectares of old growth, world heritage-listed forest in Tasmania de-listed, so it can be logged and mined. The fight continues.
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Noel_Byrne (31464) 2014-05-04 8:22
What a magical place this. A dream destination lagoon, and all that's missing is the beautiful people coming slowly out of the water, and we would have on our hands a Loreal ad in the making! The greens here are so lush and alive, and you have really made the most of the available light. What a place.
And what a fiasco that anybody could consider allowing a place like to be logged. It boils my blood to think of the sheer stupidity of those in power. But keep fighting the good fight and keep spreading the word, it CAN work! I posted a long while ago about how the Irish government were about to sign over logging rights for many of Irelands forests in order to pay off some of our massive debts, which would have led to them being closed to walkers, ramblers, citizens as well as the destruction of these environments, and in many castles the castles, ruins, abbeys and monuments that dwell inside them. Thankfully the government U turned on that and gave up the idea when it became apparent that the people were enraged by this idea. I may be seven hundred million miles away on the other side of the planet, but I'm with you in spirit on this fight. Australia is know for its beauty, and how anyone could think to destroy that for financial gain is just mind boggling. Best of luck in your fight against idiocy, I only hope that some tree ents dwell here and teach those gobshites a lesson!
P.S. Sorry for no points, I ran out early today, but I had to say hello seeing as we are neighbors today :)
snunney (100154) 2014-05-04 8:23
Sounds a very interesting place judging by your note. Politicians are so short-sighted when it comes to this sort of thing or anything else for that matter! Like the play of light across the water and the intense green tones.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-05-04 9:01
sei uscita dall'acqua, ma sei rimasta sempre in ambito naturale con un angolo strepitoso di ambiente naturale che va elogiato non solo per la bellezza selvaggia della sua vegetazione, ma anche per la bravura che hai dimostrato nel fotografarlo perchè il luogo non mi sembra dei più ricchi di luce e soprattutto perchè l'esperienza mi dice che si tratta una delle situazioni fotografiche più difficili da gestire, almeno nel mio caso.
Complimenti come al solito, un abbraccio e l'augurio di una buona prossima settimana
cornejo (43007) 2014-05-04 10:05
Hello dear Lisa, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting jungle place, nicely captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
pili51 (1853) 2014-05-04 11:28
Hi dear Lisa,
this place is really breathtaking, its great beauty, the symphony of green tones of this exuberant forest, and the emerald color of the water, offers us a fantastic visual pleasure.
A wild and wonderful nature, but, as you say in the note, sadly in danger of destruction.
It's an excellent work.
lousat (92110) 2014-05-04 11:43
Ciao Lisa,il vostro governo non sembra molto verde a quanto leggo nelle tue note,spero che si torni indietro anche sulla decisione presa sulla Tasmania,e per il momento godiamoci questo fantastico scenario alla cui difesa anche tu hai partecipato,colori incredibili e paesaggio incontaminato,davvero stupenda! Buona settimana e complimenti,Luciano
gojo (1769) 2014-05-04 12:21
First of all, this is a great example of the purpose of this forum, image and note.
It is also very beautiful, excellent light control with fine tuned reflections.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-05-04 13:16
this is a gorgeous composition with the intense colours of the dense vegetation as well as the water working really well. The light was not easy here but you have handled it excellently to give us all the beautiful details of this lovely location. The destruction of nature is a worldwide malady of our times. Hope this great natural treasure is not destroyed in the name of trade and commerce.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week ahead.
fritzi007 (10837) 2014-05-04 13:27
your photo is a dream, I was in Bali, but there is only a tropical garden (very nice), the green colors, the small clearing, very beautiful, congratulations!
Wish you a nice week
photoray (13981) 2014-05-04 13:44
Beautiful rainforest scene, lush tropical vegetation with blue/green water leading into it. Would love to paddle into the forest, watching, hearing, and feeling Nature up close and personal.
And proud to hear you and others are fighting the corrupt rich and greedy.
We currently have a big project to build the Keystone oil pipeline the length of the U.S. from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas to deliver oil tar. What the pro oil forces do not reveal, is the excavation of oil tar sand in Canada will totally destroy land the size of our state of Florida, obliterating the earth, plant and animal life. Creating a huge wasteland in the name of profitable oil energy.
Thank for sharing,
PS: Thanks for the kind words on my previous Saddlebag Lake post. I must return before the Rich & Greedy destroy more.
carlo62 (49299) 2014-05-04 14:23
le lotte non terminano mai, ne finisci una e se ne inizia un'altra, ma se i risultati sono come questa foresta, ne vale la pena e ci si sente felici per il risultato ottenuto. Purtroppo mentre si cerca di salvare una cosa, c'è chi riesce a distruggerne due....
Grazie per la tua condivisione e grazie, soprattutto, per le tue lotte.
willperrett (10924) 2014-05-04 15:10
Special location, beautifully photographed. I recall my smalley boy (who's now 26) being invited to drive the "boat-train" on the Daintree: it made his day. Love those tropical colours, and the lack of sky helps to stress the intimate, enclosed jungle world.
P.S. If you go to sleep on a bus, you're fair game!
Royaldevon (39344) 2014-05-04 15:36
THis is utterly beautiful, like something conjured up by Disney! The colours have a strange, dark iridescence, if that is possible! The bordering plants, surrounding the creek, are brooding and giving up these amazing reflections. (Maybe I'm affected by the thought of crocodiles, waiting in the shadows!)
I took a similar picture of a pool in a very shaded area, in France. I just couldn't believe the colours that were produced. Now, I'm convinced they were accurate!!
My warm regards,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-05-04 22:55
Beau coin de verdure. Je me passe de ses charmants habitants! Vous avez gagné une première manche, continuez le combat!
mirosu (16265) 2014-05-05 6:04
This looks like a photo from paradise. The well saturated green colors are excellent, the reflections on green water superb.
The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
emka (98894) 2014-05-05 23:33
Ciao cara Lisa,
My itchy feet led me also there to Daintree Rainforest. Rainforest are my favorite places on Earth but I have very few opportunities to see them. It is sooo far from Poland.
How it is possible that someone (greedy politicians I mean) wants to destroy this. It is fantastic photo, unreal, like from a fairy tale book. You caught marvelous colours and mystic atmosphere of this place. How poor are my photos compared to this one.
I was a bit disappointed with crocs. during the cruise We saw only a few and they were rather small. I imagined that it would be crowded with them :). I saw more crocodiles and closer in Botswana.
Fight for preservation of this marvel, we all support you.
WArm regrads MAlgo
saxo042 (37890) 2014-05-06 0:01
There are certainly more than 50 shades of green here. There is also a very pleasant and peaceful mood, like an impressionistic painting.
rogerl (1616) 2014-05-06 6:51
Lisa, what a beautiful shot. It's so difficult to convey the majesty of forests and jungles in a photograph; so much of the magic is in being there. But this lagoon does give you a great feel for the denseness and diversity of the jungle. Thanks.
Cricri (120199) 2014-05-06 7:45
Hi dear Lisa
Belle variétés de vert et la couleur émeraude de l'eau est bien attirant, un paysage sauvage de toute beauté, très joliment bien présenter
williewhistler (16398) 2014-05-06 8:17
I`m not too sure of the year,certainly the late 90`s when we visited Cairns for a weeks holiday,whilst there we of course had to take a trip to the Daintree Rainforest,upon arrival a bit like you we set up camp for lunch beside a tranquil water hole,Gladys decided that a quick dip was in order whilst the barbie was set up,almost as soon as she entered the cooling water she uttered a scream as the eels and fish surrounded her,bang went the cooling dip!
The tree ferns and lush vegetation around this little stream bring back many happy memories of a very special area.
Kindest wishes Les.
Waylim (25502) 2014-05-06 18:09
I have seen some photos of this place from some friends who was there, but I have never seen it in this quality, I was not even why they go there, now that I see your photo, I have a better appreciation of the place. It is a little hidden paradise surround by all the exotic flora and fauna. The pond/lake is so rich in colors from the reflection of it's surrounding. I imagine it to be a fountain of youth, I want to bath in it and be forever sexy and gorgeous. Who on earth wants to destroy such beautiful nature. So sad, how people can be still be so destructive to our beautiful nature.
Forever Naughty Me.
dip (23888) 2014-05-07 4:57
indeed not an everyday scene,
what an amazing place!
I like the point of view,
wonderful colour combination of the many different green tones,
thanks for sharing,
annjackman (21899) 2014-05-07 9:48
Your note shows the challenges in this world to save such beautiful and important ecological places. The sheen on the reflections gives a metallic look to the water that is really beautiful. A really magical place and one that I would love to visit - perhaps one day!
Best wishes, Ann
Didi (60588) 2014-05-08 3:30
Wonderful green mensions
Very nice view with a nice quiet ambiance
abmdsudi (54619) 2014-05-08 4:25
Thank you for uploading this glimpse into an exotic world -a hidden garden of eden that many would never see the real thing. It's so humid but an attractive natural environment of the deep tropical rain forest worth venturing inside and what a shot we have here. Lovely thick green as the still water gives an appealing invitation to explore but I know it is difficult to get a good exposure that you did it so well allowing us to peep all of the detail. This shot reminds me of Belum Tropical Rainforest in northern Perak state, Malaysia I ventured seven years ago, of course minus the crocs! A national treasure competently captured and tx for sharing.
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-05-08 14:54
Ciao cara Lisa,
Splendida questa laguna nel mezzo della foresta, i colori dell' acqua ed i riflessi sono fantastici. Mi piace molto questo luogo un po meno i coccodrillo :)
Complimenti cara amica continua a combattere!
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-05-08 23:45
Very nice shot of rainforest.Natural and soothing .Keep sharing.TFS.
Silvio1953 (144514) 2014-05-09 13:15
Ciao Lisa, un luogo magico ripreso splendidamente, fantastici riflessi, favolosi colori e magnifica luce, bravissima, buon week end, un abbraccio Silvio
ktanska (27874) 2014-05-11 4:46
A very beautiful corner of tropical rainforest. While the view is all green it is full of details. I wonder about bluish tones over there, are they as you saw them?
This type of forest is so rare in Australia that for sure it needs to be protected. Probably the same goes with Tasmania, de-listing heritage forests does not sound a way to act in this day and age.
I never got this far, Cairns and surroundings had so muct to offer!
ikeharel (72227) 2014-05-12 7:18
Undoubtedly a charming hidden corner in the rainforest, and nature doe's magic when brought out such beautiful green and turquoise tones, Lisa.
The special light added superb texture with shadows, and you were there right on time to catch the moment.
Adorable location, well collected.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-05-15 11:28
Thanks for your fight, this rainforest looks wonderful and it would have been a terrible loss if it would have disappeared. What I like most is the nice colour of water.
Angshu (56758) 2014-05-21 0:24
Hello dear Lisa
The deep green of the water and the tropical trees surrounding it, doesn't remotely give an impression that this is taken in Oz land...looks like somewhere in the West Indies or some Indian ocean island..Its interesting that we cannot see even a small speck of sky in the picture...a Fine note to accompany