Mossy Forest - Dark & Deep
|Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi)
|Date Taken: 2010-05-07|
|Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-135mm|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/25 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-05-13 2:17|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The mossy forest grows around the peak of Gunung Brinchang, the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands. This is also where the highest tarred road (leading to the peak from Kea Farm) in Malaysia is located. Tourists and visitors on holiday to the Cameron Highlands are highly encouraged to visit this beautiful mountain, which is full of the treasures of nature. The road also provides easy access for most vehicles to the peak. |
At 2000 meters above sea-level, the scenery from the peak is amazing and breathtaking, allowing you to gaze across an endless landscape of mountains and forest. In addition, the strong winds and chilly mist provide an exhilarating touch to the atmopshere. To catch the view, you can climb a watch tower perched on the peak alongside some telecommunication towers.
through the mossy forest that grows on this mountain is home to a wide variety of birds, snakes, frogs insects and plants. The endemic Trimeresurus nebularis, or the Cameron Highlands pit-viper, occurs here, being found no where else in the world. During the night, insects and montane frogs can be heard calling, punctuating the silent atmosphere with their voices.
What distinguishes the mossy forest from lowland or hilly jungles is the tremendous amount of moss and lichen enveloping the entire environment. The trees themselves appear stunted in appearance; thin and twisty, with short stumps and wrinkled bark. Such trees and plants thrive only in these high altitudes where there is perpetual moisture and rain.
The mossy forest lies 2 km before the peak on the right; a series of wooden platforms have been built in the forest itself for easy access and observation. It it recommended to head up Gunung Brinchang in the early morning or late evening, when you can catch a stunning variety of birds darting in and out of the mossy forest around the peak. This is also when the landscape is at its clearest, allowing you to see the valleys and rainforest beyond Cameron Highlands, a picturesque sight. You can also see all the way to Kampar Town below on one side. For those who want something more pristine, a jungle trail starts from the army quarters near Brinchang Town. From the entry point, it is approximately two hours by foot to the peak, passing by lush greenery along the way.
There used to be orchids, pitcher plants and colourful shrubs dotting this trail, but such sights are now rare due to destruction and overcollection from botanists. The trail is quite level for the first half of the journey, with more steep ascents in the final half. At some points, be prepared to climb up steep walls of stone and roots, and try not to slip on the wet surfaces. The trail is marked by strategic red dots painted on trees, so look out for it if you seem to lose your way, as it will often be the case when you're surrounded by the thick vegetation. For those who crave a more challenging trail, you can take the route to Gunung Irau, Cameron Highland's highest peak, which starts just 2 km off the road to the watch tower.
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- [2010-05-13 3:18]
A mysterous and well captured photograph.The path leads one into the forest.Pity about the destruction etc. thats happening all over .... till one day there is nothing left.
Intersting note, and TFS.
- [2010-05-13 3:20]
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Tebrik ederim, selam ve sevgilerle..
very interesting photo, beautifull light, natural colors,nice work,
Ciao Foozi, fascinating composition in a magic forest, wonderful great trees, splendid natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2010-05-13 5:56]
Your mossy forest looks very exciting to explore. Like you write there must be a lot of creatures living in there. Just a pity that botanists or just tourists collect the beautiful flowers. It should be forbidden!
Your shot is well taken, not easy in a forest, we can see the huge amount of moss on the trees and the charming little path leading through.
A very interesting posting for me.
Thanks and kind regards
i love this view of a under-woods (sous-bois) of this forest
and you choosed a fine POV to shoot the photo,
i love the atmosphere effect coming from the photo,
and excellent play of lights and shadows on the photo, TFS
Hi MF Foozi,
Wonderful scene, like something i could see in Black sea region of Turkey. It all looks nicely composed. Very good spotting MF!
TFS and have a nice night!
- [2010-05-13 16:03]
Hi Foozi,what a different and beautiful pic! There is a magic and mystrious atmosphere inside,it's truely a nice work! Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO