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The Lost World

The Lost World
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-07
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-27 17:29
Viewed: 4498
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot makes me think of Aurthur Conan Doyles description of the South American plateau in his book 'The Lost World'
In fact,it is the limestone plateau of the Paparoa ranges,just inland of Punakaiki.
This shot is taken near the mouth of the Pororari River,looking up at the huge old podocarps on top of the towering limestone cliffs.The Pororari is one of several rivers that cut their way through deep limestone gorges along this section of the West Coast.
This amazing area is known as the Paparoa National Park.
I tried to climb up to the top of these cliffs one day,but had difficulty making my way through the incredibly dense rainforest.Apparently,there is a track but its pretty overgrown,and I lost it.
I will go back and try again,in the summer.

Hope you like the shot.
Thanks for looking.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-27 22:37]

Hello Steve,
I like the way the central tree shows up so well against the misty limestone plateau and the image is well titled to remind one of that marvellous Arthur Conan Doyle Book.
I hope you find your way up cliff one Prof. Challenger!
Looks like the Paparoa Mts are great to visit!
Thanks and cheers,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-04-27 23:11]

Hi Steve!

Congratulations for this marvellous and deep picture. I like the somehow heavy and sad atmosphere very much, it's mystic at best and invites for meditation. I like those fingers pointing out from the mist very much and your allusion to A.C. Doyle is accurate.

Kind regards


P.S. If you like caverns you should have a look at The Grottes des Demoiselles. It's breathtaking.

Hello Steve,

Now this scene immediately reminded me the scene in Jurassic Park, where the surroundings look mysterious and also a place where some saints and sages meditate for years in quest of soul-education which not many vie for and also for some eternal solace.

Nice take!!!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-28 1:34]

Hi Steve !

Interesting capture. Excellent title.
Some great colors, clear and warm with very good contrast and clear.
Interesting description provided.
Have a beautiful day,

Hi Steve,
The mysterious lost world. And beautiful.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-04-29 4:09]

Hi Steve,
What a beautiful place! I would love to see this in real... TFS
Best wishes,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-04-29 11:57]

What, no pterodactyls?! You really do live in an awesome place Steve. The lone Podocarp looming out the mist gives this so much character, well seen and thanks for sharing.

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