Up to the Kuranda Rain Forest

The small town of Kuranda is a bit of a tourist trap, but it is well up in the forest and has walking trails into the forest and that makes it worthwhile. Also it houses, in addition to a hundred trinket and post card shops, a gallery with the exquisite photos of Ric J Steininger and the stunning art work of David H Stacey. Google these two for a look at some quality Australian art. Ric has one image of the southern cross through a six hour plus exposure. Wow. Fran and I have a Stacey print of the living room wall that depicts a Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher pair, the termite mound nest site and associated habitat depictions – just great!

But that isn’t what I wanted to mention — I walked the jungle trail (Jumrum) and happened on a lizard, some very well protected plants, and of course, a bird or two.

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Insects, birds, and others like to eat fresh vegetation. Vegetation doesn’t think that is such a good idea; hence poisons snd spines. the two pictures here show one way to protect your valuable resources. Few birds can manipulate a barrier like that and probably no mammals at all.

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Epiphytes grow on something else; like this fern on a tree trunk. There are orchids, ferns, mosses, fungi, figs, and much more that live all or most of their lives as residents on somebody else trunk or branch. 
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The little Carlia pectoralis actually has a common name; Open-litter Rainbow-Skink. It was on the same trail I was on and we had a few moments together. He didn’t seem as hot or as humid (sticky and grumpy actually) as I was feeling.
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Back in the parking lot, waiting for everyone to gather, I watched a Willie Wagtail chase around and finally subdue a rather large insect. 

 

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