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Equatorial rain forest

Equatorial rain forest
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Copyright: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-10
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95, Sandisk Ultra II 8GB
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Trip in Congo Democratic
Theme(s): Flowers from intertropical africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-22 14:57
Viewed: 5586
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Forest

The area of the Democratic Republic of Congo is about 2 345 000 square kilometers. This is the third country in the continent by land. Nearly half is occupied by the dense equatorial forest. This forest area is the world's second largest by area.

You can make strange encounters such as this plant, found in marshy area near the village of Ndeke near Basankussu.

The plant

The general habit of the plant, the shape of its leaves (blades and triangular cut) and the specific provision of the flower show that is a representative of Araceae. Met in the immediate vicinity of a swamp forest, it is probably Anchomanes difformis, Blume , recognizable in particular its thorny stem.

Like most Araceae , is a toxic plant by its oxalic acid and its saponin content.

Legend has it that during long-distance hiking trips, counting its representatives is suggested to walkers, so they forget the distance.


The photograph was taken in late afternoon at sunset. The use of flash was required. The camera is set to aperture priority mode, with an aperture of f/2.8, a focal length of 8 mm and a sensitivity equivalent to ISO-200. The speed is 1 / 60 th of a second.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-24 4:12]

Bonjour Philippe,
As-tu compté ces plantes si spéciales? ton chemin n'était probablement pas si long..
J'aime beaucoup la conception de cette image. Le cadrage vertical, la disposition des plantes et des feuilles, bien éclairés par le flash. Un posting comme toujours très intéressant. Je regrette vraiment le manque d'intérêt des membres de TN. Mais il y a nombre de gens sur internet qui seront ravis de tomber sur ta galerie, j'en suis sûre.
Bonne fin de semaine

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