|Licuala Fan Palm (Licuala ramsayi), Australia|
On my recent Cassowary trip to Australia, I snuck off for a day or two at the end to make a pilgrimage to the Licuala forest near Mission Beach and wandered through one of the loveliest forests I have ever seen.
What the pictures don't tell you, however, is that this was also a beastly hot, humid, and mosquito-ridden swamp. Oh yeah, and there are leeches.
So as delighted as I was to see these trees, I was just as happy to leave them behind... Still, I'm glad I made the effort... And when the bites stop itching, I'll be even happier!
Nikon D3 17-35 lens