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A Stray Liana

A STRAY LIANA - OUT NOW! This beautiful book - A Stray Liana - containing three-hundred-and-forty-five-pages, three-quarters of which are spectacular photographs, chronicles an odyssey spanning more than thirty-years, through some of Australia's most remote and traditional Indigenous homelands and into the heart of the world's oldest rainforest. In Australia’s tropical north-east, [...]

By |2019-05-16T07:17:04+10:00May 16th, 2019|Values, World Heritage|0 Comments

Protection through partnership

Protection through partnership Protection through Partnership has been the World Heritage mantra since 1988.  What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application.  World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. A federally imposed international [...]

By |2018-12-14T21:13:34+10:00December 14th, 2018|World Heritage|0 Comments

Living with Cassowaries – Part 2

Living with Cassowaries - Part 2 Big Bertha has become accustomed to public admiration.  She was first described as The Grand Dame of the Daintree, in the Port Douglas Mossman Gazette and her image was distributed to readers across Tropical North Queensland.  Standing tall, with her head in line with her massive feet, [...]

By |2018-12-08T19:40:25+10:00December 8th, 2018|Birds, Fauna|0 Comments

The art of camouflage

The art of camouflage Daintree Rainforest showcases the art of camouflage and is renowned as the World’s longest surviving rainforest.  This claim is based on the number of families of primitive flowering plants called Angiosperms that remain today.  However, the enormity of this claim is dwarfed by the intricacy and variety of [...]

By |2018-12-08T20:08:50+10:00December 6th, 2018|Fauna, Spiders|0 Comments

Thornton Peak Landslide

THORNTON PEAK LANDSLIDE IN THE HEART OF REFUGIA 1 JULY 2018 This Thornton Peak Landslide followed heavy, unseasonal rainfall after a tumultuous 137-mm fell in a relatively short period overnight, precipitating the slumping of a significant portion of the oldest rainforest in the world. After a dry June, an exceptional downpour of [...]

By |2018-07-08T13:42:52+10:00July 8th, 2018|World Heritage|0 Comments

Green Dinosaur Variations

Ribbonwood Well-known to the timber community, 'Ribbonwood' is an attractively grained timber that was extremely restricted in its distribution.  The primitive angiosperm Idiospermum australiense, a.k.a. 'The Green Dinosaur', is an ever-reliable piece of evidence of rainforest continuity over a period spanning more than 170-million years.  It helps to explain why the Daintree Rainforest, on the eastern [...]

By |2018-05-02T06:56:15+10:00July 16th, 2016|Flora|0 Comments

Scorpion-tailed Spiders en masse

Until recently, sightings of this rarely-seen Scorpion-tailed Spider (Arachnura melanura) could have been counted on one hand, then approximately fifty of them were found on one tree in our tropical fruit orchard. A star-apple fruit tree (Chrysophyllum cainito), with an abundant growth of epiphytes, was loaded,  but given the amazing mimicry of a dead leaf, it is possible that in the [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:24:57+10:00July 3rd, 2016|Spiders|0 Comments

Red Boobook

After more than twenty-years of searching Daintree Rainforest for all manner of cryptic life forms, we have at last photographic evidence of this rare Red Boobook (Ninox boobook lurida).   The Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) is also known as  Mopoke, Morepork, Spotted Owl or Marbled Owl. This Red Boobook is a smaller bird and a subspecies that is darker in [...]

By |2015-07-25T14:39:05+10:00July 25th, 2015|Birds|0 Comments

Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata)

I recently chanced upon a curious fluorescence out the corner of my eye, beneath the movement of a small black invertebrate. Upon closer inspection, I was delighted to see the Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata), weaving its fluorescent green egg-sac. For many years I had wondered which spider was responsible for the moss-mimicking green pillows [...]

By |2018-01-31T08:59:58+10:00May 11th, 2015|Fauna, Spiders|0 Comments