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View over the Canopy

View over the Canopy
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-25
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): West African Wildlife and Environments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-26 12:05
Viewed: 6535
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot on the rope walkway in Kakum National Park two days ago. The walkway is rather alarming as it sways alarmingly 40 meters above the forest floor.

The most noticeable feature of West African Rainforest is the much larger number of 'Emergents' or 'Forest Giants' compared to rainforest areas in South America and South-East Asia.

Kakum National Park is a national park in Ghana; it is in the southern part of Ghana, in what is known as the Central Region. The Park was first established in 1990 from an area of 350 square kilometers to the north of Cape Coast and Elmina near the small town of Abrafo. The entire area is covered with tropical rainforest.

In the park gamekeepers were specially trained to make accessible to the visiting tourists some important tropical plants on the grounds and their relevant medicinal significance. Besides the plant world, which partly also comprises rare species, the Kakum National Park presents rare animals, including the very rare and endangered Mona-meerkat, as well as pygmy elephants, forest buffalo, civet cats and a highly developed bird world.

The rainforest is divided into five different layers, each with different plants and animals, adapted for life in the particular area. These are: the floor layer, the shrub layer, the undercanopy layer, the canopy layer and the emergent layer. Only the emergent layer is unique to tropical rainforests, while the others are also found in temperate rainforests.

The emergent layer contains a small number of very large trees which grow above the general canopy, reaching heights of 45-55 m, although on occasion a few species will grow to 70 m or 80 m tall. They need to be able to withstand the hot temperatures and strong winds. Eagles, butterflies, bats and certain monkeys inhabit this layer.

Canopy - This is the primary layer of the forest and forms a roof over the two remaining layers. Most canopy trees have smooth, oval leaves that come to a point. It's a maze of leaves and branches. Many animals live in this area since food is abundant. Those animals include: snakes, hornbills and tree frogs.

Under canopy - Little sunshine reaches this area so the plants have to grow larger leaves to reach the sunlight. The plants in this area seldom grow to 12 feet. Many animals live here including red-eyed tree frogs and leopards. There is a large concentration of insects here.

Shrub layer/forest floor - This layer is very dark. Almost no plants grow in this area, as a result. Since hardly any sun reaches the forest floor things begin to decay quickly. A leaf that might take one year to decompose in a regular climate will disappear in 6 weeks.

nglen, roges, xTauruSx, zulfu, boreocypriensis, Alex99, matatur, eqshannon has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-26 12:11]

Hi James. A happy New Year to you and your family. What a fantastic place to be in December. I think i would have been hanging on for dear life not taking pictures. I am so glad you did thought. It give us this fine picture of the tree tops. I like the way you have captured the many green colours from the different trees. TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-26 12:49]

Hi James,
A splendid landscape.
I hope you received many beautiful gifts. Merry Christmas.
Have a wonderful evening,

Hello James,
Excellent shot from nice point of view.
TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-26 13:20]

Hello James, excellent shot of a rainforest from nice point of view.
TFS and G's,

Hi Brother, Ghana conqueror:)

Hope you had a merry Xmas in there! As i seen you had a fine photography time there. As usual, You took a fine scene capture! Great POV and well-prepared notes.
TFS and have a more nice holiday season!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-27 6:43]

Hi James.
Impressive 3D-image of the nice forest. Excellent sharpness and wonderful presentation of the forest at unusual POV. Well done and TFS. All the best in coming New Year.

Hi James,
So nice to see the top floor of a rain forest rich in green hues my friend, your wide angle coverage also provides a tremendous DOF and you surely hanged on that rickety bridge quite tenaciously so the image is crystal-sharp!
TFS and cheers,

There is a certain and specific quality to this image....showing the green in a different light...in this case the latitude made some difference both in lighting the shot and in the interaction with the greens! Well done James. I see your wonderful shots every day I awake. Good to see you

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