One of the more interesting plants of the rainforest is the strangler fig. As a youngin’ in the rainforest, one of the most difficult tasks is finding light under the dense canopy of older trees. The strangler fig gets around this problem by winding around a large tree, like a vine, and using that tree to find its way to some sunlight. Here’s what the young fig starts out like, just winding around the tree:
Then, as it grows, it continues to wrap itself around its host tree, like this:
Eventually, it does “strangle” the host tree, and the host tree dies, leaving the strangler fig as its own established tree, with the outside a maze of vines and the inside hollow:
Pretty good survival technique!
Ferns, of course, are everywhere in the rainforest: on the forest floor, growing on the sides of trees, or, in the case of the fern tree, as its very own tree!
Slightly more shy was this pademelon:
We heard rustling in the brush around us for quite a while, and even caught a few glimpses of him bounding away before he hopped onto the path in front of us and stopped just long enough for me to take his picture!