Sunday, December 2, 2012

five minute post: from the Daintree

... its been a preference of mine to take time and post something I've been musing on... but since realising I have neglected loads of images gathered here and there plus also started to seriously neglect posting at all.... maybe this brief post is a strategy worth adopting.

I hope to do the longer version... but i wanted to share these snaps from a walk in the magnificent Daintree World Heritage listed rain forests of Nth Qld in the region where I was located for a month... see Sept-Oct posts!



Valerianna said...

What a cool woven tree! Is it a particular kind that does this? Its a bit like a banyan, but so tall and thin. Also looks as if it could be grafted. I know what you mean about procrastinating on posts... mine are usually long and therefore I seem to be having a harder time of late keeping up. I, too, think about shorter posts. Maybe, we;ll see. Anyway, thanks for showing us a few quick pics!

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Valerianna,
I'm going to ask my friend Sheryl who took us there. She was a park ranger here for many years and was a fount of knowledge on the walk, also with her indigenous background as a local from the Yalangi people.
In the meantime I looked up Wiki as I saw a somewhat similar thing happening up there in a rainforest pocket in June that is documented here:
The Curtain Fig Tree is one of the largest trees in Tropical North Queensland, Australia, and one of the best known attractions on the Atherton Tableland. It is located just out of Yungaburra.
The Curtain Fig Tree is of the strangler fig species Ficus virens. Normally these figs germinate on top of another tree and try to grow roots into the ground. Once this important step is accomplished, the fig will grow vigorously, finally kill the hosting tree and then grow on independently. In this case, the hosting tree tilted towards the next one; the fig also grows around that one. Its curtain of aerial roots drops 15 metres (49 feet) to the ground.[1]

WIll let you now what I find. Small posts... lets compare notes if you do it!

ArtPropelled said...

Oooo .... these trees are amazing! Every Christmas we buy a small plaited Ficus (actually 3 trees)instead of the usual fir tree to decorate. Sometimes the trunks grow together and become wonderfully gnarly.

Sandra Robinson said...

What an amazing tree, I would love to do some research into trees they are quite fascinating, so would be interested to find out what sort of tree it is, your information on the curtain fig tree is really interesting. On the post front I am definitely a quick short post person mainly because I don't like writing, I am a visual sort of person.

Valerianna said...

Interesting, yes, let me know what you find out.

Mlle Paradis said...

ooh! madly wonderful!

Sophie Munns said...

lovely to hear from you Robyn, Sandra, V and MlleP.

Have just written to the lovely Sheryl to find out about this tree. She took three of us on a wondrous trip to the Daintree and I have loads of gorgeous photos from that and we adored having Sheryl as our guide. Its worth several stories and all i have managed so far is these 6 or so photos!

Please forgive me Sheryl if you read this!!!

I will be back... its going to be 39 degrees here today and I am off soon to the studio in the hope of getting things done before I flake!


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

What natural beauty...the marvel of blindly tangling, twisting, wrapping creating these beautiful forms...lucky you to see this up close!

Velma Bolyard said...

oh my god, this is amazing!

Carole said...

Thanks for the five minutes! What an amazing tree!