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Forest Stream At Twilight

Forest Stream At Twilight
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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: 2009-06-08
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 5:10
Viewed: 7447
Points: 12
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Today we took a drive about 80 kilometres inland, and found a remote forest road just past an old settlement called Ikamataua.
It followed the Snowy River for several kilometres through native beech forest, with patches of pine plantation and farmland between.
By the time we got to the location of this shot we were a fair distance from civilisation.
The forest around here is very dark as most of the native beech trees here are covered in a thick black sooty mold, that hangs from them and covers the ground like thick chimney soot.
The beech forest has a sweet smell, like that of perfumed maple syrup,due to the honeydew extruded from the beech trees by scale insects.
This honeydew is collected by bees and made into the most amazing perfumed honey.

Here is an article I found about honeydew:


By Alistair Ross • Sep 2nd, 2008 • Category: New Zealand Natives
In the forests of the South Island, beech trees are host to tiny parasitic scale insects which produce droplets of a substance that is a vital part of the food chain - honeydew.
Honeydew Scale Insect
Early in their lives these scale insects (Ultracoelostoma assimile) bury themselves in the bark of beech trees and start sucking the sugary sap. Any sap they can’t handle is pumped out a hair-like anal tube together with other waste products to end up as a glistening drop of sugar-rich honeydew. So, honeydew is really a nice name for sweet, sticky bug poo.

Most sap-sucking insects (the bug family) excrete a similar product (aphids on rose bushes for example), but a single large beech tree may be home to hundreds or even thousands of scale insects all pumping out drops of honeydew. Happily they don’t seem to harm the trees much. Manuka are another species of tree which are also commonly afflicted by scale insects.

This honeydew is an important food source for birds such as kaka, bellbirds and tui, and for geckos and insects. The honeydew that isn’t consumed falls on the bark and the forest floor, promoting the growth of the black sooty moulds that coat the bark and nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the forest floor that in turn provide nutrients for the trees. Honeydew is thus a vital part of the forest ecology.

Unfortunately, millions of introduced German and common European wasps now compete with the native fauna for the honeydew, with the result that breeding rates for many native birds have dropped in the most wasp-infested areas.

In ‘mainland island’ areas where DOC has established intensively predator-controlled sanctuaries for native flora and fauna (such as the Rotoiti Native Recovery Project in Nelson Lakes National Park), wasp control is an essential aspect of restoring the natural ecology.
Later on I will post some more photos that show the black sooty mold on the beech trees at its thickest.

Meanwhile this is a shot of a small tributary stream of the Snowy River.
This was taken in the very last light of day as the forest was beginning to get dark, but the SX10 IS seems to pull light and colour out of nowhere.

I'm really enjoying the SX10 IS now that I'm finally beginning to get the hang of it.

Thanks for looking,and for any feedback.

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Hi Esteve,

Excellent picture with good light balance achieved. Great opening, good selection of both ISO and 1" very good exposure contribute to the depth of the area. A strange selection of the measurement spot." I am surprised that after the cut, the size of the image has completed 128K. But This had no effect on quality.



Hi Steve,

An niece piece of forrest with that stream and rocks.
Fine colours.


Ciao Steve, great view of wonderful forest, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Steve, another excellent capture from a stream of the Snowy River. Excellent composition. i like the delightful freezing effect on the steram surface.
TFS and cheers,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-06-09 10:11]

Hi Steve!

Absolutelly stunning place! Stream, rocks, ferns, moses, old trees - everything made beautifull mix. This isn't big surprise that movies like Lord of the Rings were shoot in NZ. For me it is dreamland and I'll repeat once again - I want to see this place one day! :-) Congratulations my friend!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-06-09 13:29]

Brilliant shot mate!
The composition is superb.
Great lighting and colours.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,


Love the glossy effect on the water and the pristine jungle, these kind of habitat will be full of wonderful macro subjects i think and its a paradise for ppl like me.

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