The Silent Forest

I shot this while wandering around the Amatola Forest in Hogsback, a village in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

They say Hogsback inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write The Lord of the Rings. This part of the forest is completely silent; there's not a single bird to be heard. Why? Well, when colonists came to this part of South Africa, they planted trees thatunbeknownst to themwere diametrically opposed to the naturally occurring wildlife in the area. Because these foreign trees have nothing to offer the native animals, birds or insects, the critters inhabit other parts of the forest and this spot is dead quiet. Fascinating? Yes.

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