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  • Writer's pictureBeverley Skurulis

Daintree Rainforest.

No 62. in my series of short stories.

"Wait-a-while" Palm-in the Daintree Forest
Daintree Rain Forest

Driving north to the Daintree River with only a ferry for vehicle crossing, added to the uniqueness of the property we had just purchased.

The Daintree Rainforest is known for its biodiversity and natural beauty, so having a piece of it was going to be a new challenge and we had quite the adventure exploring our new property in the Daintree Rainforest! The lush and dense vegetation, along with the presence of the natural stream and waterfall made it a truly picturesque and inspiring 10acres of land, a place for me to paint and be able to use a different palette.

The Wait-a-while Palm, or Yellow Lawyer Cane, which was hanging down from the growth above, added a level of challenge to pushing our way through the rainforest. Its hooked spines easily caught onto our clothing and skin, so we had to use our machete, making it a memorable part of our experience.

This painting of the freshwater stream captured the beauty and serenity of the property despite the challenges we faced. The presence of Cassowaries, although magnificent creatures, can indeed be intimidating due to their size and the potential for aggression, especially when they feel threatened.

An incident with a crocodile and a local man was alarming and significantly impacted my feelings about the area's safety, though crocodiles were not found in the immediate are. They are apex predators in that environment, and it's essential to be cautious and aware of their presence, especially near water.

The contrast in climate between the Daintree Rainforest and the Pilbara environment was quite significant. The high humidity and abundant rainfall can indeed lead to things deteriorating more rapidly, including mold growth. It's a different set of challenges to adapt to, but many people find the lush greenery and unique ecosystem of the rainforest worth the adjustments.

Despite the difficulties, our time in the Daintree Rainforest provided us with memorable experiences and even inspired some great pieces of art. At that time in our lives we decided that the Pilbara was still our home.

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Mar 26
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

A magical and stunning piece of work. I wonder where it is now?

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