the daintree rainforest observatory features a canopy crane in the midst of the tropical lowland rainforest of cape tribulation. it covers approximately 1 ha of forest area and grants scientists access to over 740 trees of 82 species.
the above picture shows technician danielle, crane driver andrew, and yours truly, suspended in a little crane box above the rainforest canopy.
we spent most of our crane time in the early morning, just before sunrise. the utter silence of the sleeping rainforest, which gradually gives way to the sound of birds, is only excelled by the view of the sun rising behind the sea, and the first rays of light touching the canopy.