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* 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.
view east from Lamins Hill
view east from Lamins Hill
late afternoon light on the Hugh Nelson Range
late afternoon light on the Hugh Nelson Range
rainforest Hugh Nelson Range
rainforest Hugh Nelson Range
Hugh Nelson Range
Hugh Nelson Range
tree fern
tree fern
morning mist
morning mist
Walsh River headwaters
Walsh River headwaters
ferns & palms in the upland rainforest
ferns & palms in the upland rainforest
upland rainforest trees
upland rainforest trees
rainforest tree
rainforest tree
rainforest buttress
rainforest buttress
Paperbark Satinash (Syzygium papyraceum)
Paperbark Satinash (Syzygium papyraceum)
upland rainforest
upland rainforest
cloud forest stream Mt Lewis
cloud forest stream Mt Lewis
Mt Lewis cloud forest
Mt Lewis cloud forest
Yellow Mahogany (Dysoxylum parasiticum)
Yellow Mahogany (Dysoxylum parasiticum)
rainforest tree with lianes
rainforest tree with lianes
surface roots
surface roots
fungi
fungi
fig
fig
canopy window
canopy window
morning light
morning light
forest trail
forest trail
forest trail
forest trail
morning light
morning light
small rainforest stream
small rainforest stream
Dinner Falls
Dinner Falls
Hard Alder (Pullea stutzeri) (Cunoniaceae)
Hard Alder (Pullea stutzeri) (Cunoniaceae)
Red-leaf Fig (Ficus congesta)
Red-leaf Fig (Ficus congesta)
Pleated Ginger (Alpinia arctiflora)
Pleated Ginger (Alpinia arctiflora)
Stalkless Ginger (Alpinia modesta)
Stalkless Ginger (Alpinia modesta)
Wandering Jew (Pollia macrophylla)
Wandering Jew (Pollia macrophylla)
Scrub Mistletoe (Amylotheca dictyophleba)
Scrub Mistletoe (Amylotheca dictyophleba)
Native Lasiandra (Melastoma malabathricum)
Native Lasiandra (Melastoma malabathricum)
Mountain Kauri (Agathis atropurpurea)
Mountain Kauri (Agathis atropurpurea)
Golden Bowerbird male @ bower
Golden Bowerbird male @ bower
Cassowary female
Cassowary female