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Strangler fig

Strangler fig
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-04 5:25
Viewed: 4043
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A giant strangler fig (Ficus sp) from Mossman Gorge National Park, great example of dense tropical lowland rainforest. There is about 8 km of walking trails take you through the forest to various vantage points within the park.

Although strangler figs often have bizarre buttress roots, I was amazed at this odd side root. Presumably this grew over a fallen limb on the host tree. The centre of this fig is hollow, as the host had completely rotted away (hence the term strangler fig).

This shot is two frames stitched together and resized for TN. Other PP included adjusting the levels and a bit of sharpening in Photoshop.

Thanks for looking

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-04 6:25]

Hello Chris,
Very good illustration of the strangler Fig with big chunky roots. That's the place where I'd love to be just now (grey and rainy here)!
I think it is pretty hard to give justice to the beauty of the rainforest in photos, I think you need the sounds, the smells and the "feel" as well!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour chris

belle photo j'aime bien la composition belle f˘ret on a envie d'aller si en foncÚ bravo

Hello Chris,
Never knows that there is a rain forest in Queensland. Composition, color saturation, and sharpness are great. Also seamless stitches. Very well done.

G'day Chris.
Nice shot. great location. The fig just disappears up into the canopy. Not sure about the sharpness though. Maybe in uploading? Small thing. Great pic.
Regards, Steve.

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