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In The Cloud Forest

In The Cloud Forest
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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: 2009-01-22
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-03 2:46
Viewed: 4165
Points: 12
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This is another shot taken in the Nothofagus/Kamahi cloud forest on the western (seaward) slopes of the Paparoa ranges.
This is where the Croesus track (an old miners track which crosses the range from Blackball to Barrytown)
descends from the alpine slopes to the tree line.
It is nearly always cloudy or misty up here,so the trees are always covered in green mosses.

Here is some information about cloud forests that I got from Wikipedia:

A cloud forest, also called a fog forest, is a generally tropical or subtropical evergreen montane moist forest characterized by a high incidence of low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. Cloud forests often exhibit an abundance of mosses covering the ground and vegetation, in which case they are also referred to as mossy forests. Mossy forests usually develop on the saddles of mountains, where moisture introduced by settling clouds is more effectively retained.
Typically, there is a relatively small band of altitude in which the atmospheric environment is suitable for cloud forest development. This is characterized by persistent mist or clouds at the vegetation level, resulting in the reduction of direct sunlight and thus of evapotranspiration. Trees in these regions are generally shorter and more heavily stemmed than in lower altitude forests in the same regions, and the moisture promotes the development of an abundance of vascular epiphytes. This results in abundant moss and fern covering, and frequently flowers such as orchids may be found. Soils are rich but boggy, with a preponderance of peats and humus. Within cloud forests, much of the precipitation is in the form of fog drip, where fog condenses on tree leaves and then drips onto the ground below.

The definition of cloud forest can be ambiguous, with many countries not using the term (preferring such terms as Afromontane forest and upper montane rain forest, or more localised terms such as the Peruvian yungas, and the laurisilva of the Atlantic Islands), and occasionally subtropical and even temperate forests in which similar meteorological conditions occur are considered to be cloud forests.

My son,Aqua and I had to keep a steady pace on to meet our time schedule,so I didn't have time for tripod and long exposures...still,this one came out ok I guess.
I hope to return there soon and spend longer up there so I can take more time for photos.

Hope you like it.
Thanks for looking.


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Namastay Steve,
Another lovely capture of these moss filled trees. Superb composition and very good DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-03 10:49]

Hi Steve,
Very nice and interesting capture.I liked POV,DOF,lighting and visual impact a lot.Have great day!
Thanks for posting.

Hola Steve,
Excelente composición de esta gran colonización de musgos, indicadores de un limpio ambiente libre de contaminación, saludos
José Ramón

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-03 13:30]

Hi Steve!

This is one of most breathtaking place I've ever seen. It looks beautifull and peacefull during day, but I wonder how it looks at midnight. Must be great scenography for horror movie.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-03-03 16:06]

Hi Steve,

This scene has really enchanted me - maybe because the desert isn't particularly green. We certainly don't see much moss here. Beautiful colors and a perfect composition.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-04 7:33]

Steve, Looks like a ghost forest. beautiful and lovely capture. Ganesh

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