Touching these living columns
Grey, green or colour of the earth,
Here the embellishments are wrought by fig
Here foliage, not glass, green-stains the light,
No choirboys, ruffed and surpliced, shuffle in
Here no doors close at regulated hours,
Rainforest is a lifeline –
Evolving through the ages,
Rainforest is a keeper of secrets –
Rainforest is a process of patience –
Rainforest, like a vine, weaving backwards and forwards,
Liz came to north Queensland from the UK in 1970 and found that involvement with local conservation and natural history groups was an excellent way to adjust to a radically new environment. Through the Townsville branch of the Wilderness Preservation Society of Queensland she became involved in many campaigns, including those directly related to rainforest conservation such as the Downey Creek, Kennedy Bay and Cape Tribulation campaigns. Her own experience has taught her the immense value of wilderness and the natural world for our imagination, creativity and artistic lives. Liz is employed at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at James Cook University and has two grandsons, Max and Ben, whom she hopes will be able to explore and discover the riches and rewards of the rainforest long into the future.
Growing up in Cairns, Mike developed a keen interest in ecology and photography. After various jobs and a stint as a tour guide he began work at the Environmental Protection Agency where he still works assessing development proposals. Mike’s natural history photos have appeared in more than 200 books and other publications worldwide – in posters, postcards, bookmarks, newspapers, magazines, brochures and advertising. His photos include now extinct species and the first photos of particular Wet Tropics animals. Mike has assisted in the discovery and description of new species and published scientific papers in a variety of fields. He is a generalist with expertise in disciplines such as aquatic ecology and terrestrial vertebrate animals. His other interests include tropical fruits, fish, biogeography and climate.
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