Enchanted Forests

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Photos Jürgen Freund, with Stella Chiu-Freund

A world of fascination.

From Borneo to the Solomon Islands, Indonesia to the Philippines and Australia, we enter a magic world, where the sounds of the forests come to life in charming fashion, displaying an array of colours and a diversity of behaviours that have been an inspiration to authors, artists and dreamers since time immemorial.

We celebrate the call of the wild.

Queensland, Australia: One of the best-known bioluminescent fungi in Australia is the Omphalotus nidiformis, or ghost fungus, a gilled basidiomycete mushroom most notable for its bioluminescent properties
Buttress root rainforest tree in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia: Typically found in nutrient-poor rainforest soils, these roots do not penetrate to deeper layers. Tangkoko Nature Reserve protects at least 127 mammal, 233 bird, and 104 reptile and amphibian species; of these, 79 mammal, 103 bird, and 29 reptile and amphibian species are endemic to the island
Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia: A beautifully spun spider web
Pitcher plant from the pitfall trap view. Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid known as a pitfall trap

For the rest of this article (Asian Geographic No.104 Issue 3 /2014 ) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download a digital copy here

The 25th anniversary of the largest and longest running dive show, Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) is set to occur on the 11-14th April 2019. Centred on the theme – Plastic free Future, ADEX is more than just a dive show with its commitment to the environment. So join us at the event, get inspired and for all you know, you might just liberate the inner diver in you! More details of the event here

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