Life in Forest Canopies

Currently I am working on a New Zealand Geographic story that explores life in forest canopies. Scientists have not yet fully researched plants (epiphytes) and animals that make the canopy of giant trees their home and new species are discovered on a regular basis. This assignment involves some serious tree climbing and I had the amazing opportunity to work for two days at Pureora Forest with the great people of “The New Zealand Tree Project” who had already rigged up mature totara, kahikatea and rimu trees with climbing ropes. Once I got used to taking photographs while dangling from a rope I started to fully appreciate the rich and varied plant-life 40 meters above the forest floor. I am looking forward to illustrate that other aspect of trees: as hosts of a vast ecosystem. To find out more about “The New Zealand Tree Project” click here.

Cheers,

Arno

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