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Gallery: upland rainforest

Clouds often sit on the gently rounded mountains of my home district of north Queensland, Australia, bathing the higher peaks and keeping them moist through the long tropical dry season. This is where the upland rainforest, also known as cloud forest, grows. These lush forests are the exclusive home of innumerable plants and such exotic creatures as Lumholtz Tree-kangaroo, the rare Golden Bowerbird and the Fernwren. Watching a brilliant male Golden Bowerbird adding structural sticks and decorations to his bower hidden in the deep forest shade is a special delight – this structure is intended to impress females of his species but humans find this behaviour intriguing as well.

The highest peaks rise just a few hundred metres above the cloud line (to 1300 - 1600 m above sea level) and this rainforest type is of limited extent. As a result and notwithstanding complete protection from logging and land clearing, upland rainforest in this region is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The upland rainforest is a challenging environment for the photographer. The confusing tangle of verdant growth often lacks key structural features that facilitate striking compositions. And even on a sunny day – and it often isn’t sunny - the forest interior is impossibly dark, severely constraining shutter speeds and depth of field. Notwithstanding, I’ll do what I can to tell the story of these beautiful forests.
2711 ferns & palms in the upland rainforest.jpg
2711 ferns & palms in the upland rainforest.jpg
1130 rainforest Hugh Nelson Range.jpg
1130 rainforest Hugh Nelson Range.jpg
8294 Hugh Nelson Range.jpg
8294 Hugh Nelson Range.jpg
7706 morning mist.jpg
7706 morning mist.jpg
7797 Walsh River headwaters.jpg
7797 Walsh River headwaters.jpg
9894 upland rainforest trees.jpg
9894 upland rainforest trees.jpg
7766 rainforest tree.jpg
7766 rainforest tree.jpg
6504 rainforest buttress.jpg
6504 rainforest buttress.jpg
2698  Paperbark Satinash (Syzygium papyraceum).jpg
2698 Paperbark Satinash (Syzygium papyraceum).jpg
1109 upland rainforest.jpg
1109 upland rainforest.jpg
cloud forest stream Mt Lewis 3156.jpg
cloud forest stream Mt Lewis 3156.jpg
Mt Lewis cloud forest 3097.jpg
Mt Lewis cloud forest 3097.jpg
6490 Yellow Mahogany (Dysoxylum parasiticum).jpg
6490 Yellow Mahogany (Dysoxylum parasiticum).jpg
6496 rainforest tree with lianes.jpg
6496 rainforest tree with lianes.jpg
9916 surface roots.jpg
9916 surface roots.jpg
9960 fungi.jpg
9960 fungi.jpg
9815 fig.jpg
9815 fig.jpg
9833 canopy window.jpg
9833 canopy window.jpg
7690 morning light.jpg
7690 morning light.jpg
7693 forest trail.jpg
7693 forest trail.jpg
7694 forest trail.jpg
7694 forest trail.jpg
7705 morning light.jpg
7705 morning light.jpg
0789 small rainforest stream.jpg
0789 small rainforest stream.jpg
0806 Dinner Falls.jpg
0806 Dinner Falls.jpg
Hard Alder (Pullea stutzeri) (Cunoniaceae) 3038.jpg
Hard Alder (Pullea stutzeri) (Cunoniaceae) 3038.jpg
Red-leaf Fig (Ficus congesta) 3025.jpg
Red-leaf Fig (Ficus congesta) 3025.jpg
Pleated Ginger (Alpinia arctiflora) 3081.jpg
Pleated Ginger (Alpinia arctiflora) 3081.jpg
4144 Stalkless Ginger (Alpinia modesta).jpg
4144 Stalkless Ginger (Alpinia modesta).jpg
Wandering Jew (Pollia macrophylla) 3099.jpg
Wandering Jew (Pollia macrophylla) 3099.jpg
Scrub Mistletoe (Amylotheca dictyophleba) 3113.jpg
Scrub Mistletoe (Amylotheca dictyophleba) 3113.jpg
3970 Native Lasiandra (Melastoma malabathricum ).jpg
3970 Native Lasiandra (Melastoma malabathricum ).jpg
2024 Mountain Kauri (Agathis atropurpurea).jpg
2024 Mountain Kauri (Agathis atropurpurea).jpg
9886 Golden Bowerbird male @ bower.jpg
9886 Golden Bowerbird male @ bower.jpg
Cassowary female 7947.jpg
Cassowary female 7947.jpg