Rainforest Journal

Rainforest Info, Images, and Adventures.

January 23, 2017
by JungleBoy
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Climbing the Giants and taking their Portraits

Trees are the biggest living organisms on our planet. It is hard to grasp the fact that a tiny seed can grow into a mighty tree one day. But nonetheless, I am in awe of how great the force of life is, illustrated through the trees of the earth. And what better way to pay homage to such literal living giants of our time than to climb and photograph them?

That is exactly what a group of tree enthusiasts from Australia are doing, with projects to capture the grandeur of trees from around the world (eventually) via portrait photography of the entire tree, from the roots to the crown. This provides a perspective of trees that is both unique and innovative. Continue Reading →

October 2, 2015
by JungleBoy
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Our haze season

A phenomenon that is totally man-made and happens yearly in Malaysia, is the haze. The haze is basically smog caused by open burning due to clearing of vegetation for agriculture, and it is a practice done mainly in Indonesia and to a smaller extent, Malaysia, and other South East Asian nations. You want to clear off vegetation in order to plant your palm oil or crops? Want to get to rid of plant waste cheaply? Burn them. That is what these folks do, from small scale farmers to plantation companies (the main culprits). Continue Reading →

July 16, 2015
by JungleBoy
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Pasoh Forest Reserve

Pasoh Forest Reserve located in Simpang Pertang, Negeri Sembilan, is an internationally recognized site for tropical forestry research. For researchers, there is a well-equipped Field Studies Center there, called the Pasoh Forestry Research Centre (PFRC) managed by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). For members of the public who are serious nature lovers, it’s a place to get acquainted with the endangered virgin lowland rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia. Continue Reading →

May 12, 2015
by JungleBoy
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Gunung Pulai’s forest in peril

As much as we hate to admit it, we as a country, suck at protecting and preserving our forests and environment. The sad truth is, we have much less forest cover than we claim or assume; much of our “forest cover” is actually oil palm/rubber plantations. Of the current forest cover that we have, very, very little of that is virgin, unlogged forest with large trees and the highest biodiversity. Shouldn’t we be protecting what little bit that remains? Continue Reading →

October 27, 2014
by JungleBoy
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Lower montane rainforest

In tropical regions, lower montane forest refers to the rainforest on mountain slopes that are distinctly different from the lowland rainforest that covers the plains, flatlands, and low hills. Generally, this forest formation can be considered an intermediate zone between the montane cloud forest located at much higher altitudes, generally above the persistent cloud zone, and the tall evergreen rainforest of the lowlands. Continue Reading →