Vines and Epiphanies

The complex nature of tropical rainforests

Morning in the rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

On last Friday’s walk through the rainforest, I stopped to look at a tree. I stop a lot — for flowers, fungi, birds, and things I think are birds (mostly leaves, sometimes twigs, occasionally mangoes) — but I try not to do it for every tree because…well…there are thousands of them. But this tree was worth a closer inspection. It was curved, plaited like a…



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