On your bark, get set, grow!
Borneo barks were a treat. i spent so many trail-moments getting down on my knees “eye-level, eye-level!” and marveling at the fungi, mosses, ferns, climbers, creepers, and lianas. this post is devoted to all of the above, but the last. that one deserves a post by itself. As does the life supported by leaf litter.
what’s captured here pales in comparison to the fragile beauty of the real thing — or even the memory of it. the wetness of the rainforest and the freshness of it was the essence that a bark absorbed and reflected in supporting so many different life-forms.
Orchid on a tree branch. Taken from the canopy walk, BRL. Danum Valley, Borneo
Pretty tutus? One of myriad fungii — on a fallen log, West Trail, Danum Valley, Borneo.
Life finds a way… even on a stump.
What a pretty pattern the ivy made on the variegated bark. Danum Valley, Borneo
I could spend all day with these fungii. Apparently 600,000 species in Borneo alone.
This reminded me of ballet dancers. Pink and dainty, on a fallen log.
Can you smell the wetness?
The textures, the patterns, the wetness — bliss.
A fern is one of the most beautiful creatures on earth, according to me. And this one, wet, green and defying gravity captivated me.
two lantern bugs, a gecko, lichen and a lovely tree bark.
This fallen log was on the Argus chase. I could have spent much longer soaking in its richness.
The rainforest. pinnacle of beauty. once lost, it takes a patch of moss on a canopy tree, for example, decades and decades to regenerate. imagine bringing back a forest ecosystem with all its players.