Tasmania is home to the largest flowering tree in the world, the Mountain Ash, yet few people are aware it exists in Australia. The project’s team of canopy scientists who regularly explore the rainforest are bringing awareness to these globally significant trees. Using innovative arboreal rigging techniques to place cameras in the free space between the giants, they travel the entire height of the tree and record hundreds of images which are blended together to create the first complete portrait of the tree without visual distortion.
The thing that strikes the scientists the most when climbing 75 metres up into the canopy is how different the environment is compared to the cool dark forest floor. Light and colour are more vibrant and there is a vast range of plants and animals which exist only in the canopy. The group hope it will change the way people think about the forest and bring attention to the academic and adventurous career paths available.
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