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Return to the rainforest

April 8th, 2011

Return to the rainforest from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Descending from the high Atherton Tablelands back towards the Queensland coast, Ken describes his sudden return to tropical rainforest.

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Just because…

April 4th, 2011

Tropical rainforest. I’d expected venomous snakes, spiders, even scorpions. Be sensible – no shoving your bare hands into rotten tree trunks – and the risk they pose is fairly small. You’re as likely to die in France from a snake bite as you are in Australia. That’s continental healthcare for you I suppose…

What you’re much more likely to encounter are irritations. Plants with hooks on their leaf edges. Fiendishly difficult to remove from your clothes. Or that smart umbrella you borrowed. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the flora isn’t out to get you…

But my favourite is a small hairy caterpillar. That of the bag-shelter moth – ochrogaster lunifer. These little critters live together in a silken bag, either on the ground or up in the canopy. Apparently. Not actually seen them. Didn’t need to. Their irritating hairs spreading like pollen. Landing on unsuspecting victims. Swollen feet in my case. Nothing serious. Just some antihistamine. Once I’d learnt what the cause was most likely to be.

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Venturing into the rainforest

February 11th, 2011

 

Venturing into the rainforest from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Venturing into the rainforest. Cairns, northern Queensland.

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Plant life

February 3rd, 2011

Plant life from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Cairns Botanical Gardens. Some eye catching plants. Including Queensland’s notorious stinger tree – brush against it and you’ll need more than dock leaves to relieve the pain. And Titan Alum – a carnivorous insect eating plant – inspiration for the fictitious Triffid?

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