The word jungle originates from the Sanskrit word jangala, meaning uncultivated land. in other words, my backyard in the middle of summer when I can’t be bothered gardening. Basically a ‘jungle’ is a land mass that is densely vegetated. Here in Australia, we use the term forests more so than jungle. I guess its a cultural thing. All I know is that some places are densely vegetated enough to get lost in. Flora and fauna differences from continent to continent depict how some jungles look. Even what creepy crawlies lurk with in the jungle.
For me, I plan to steer clear of any Brazilian jungles due to a nasty spider they have lurking in the foliage. I can deal with deadly snakes and spiders as that’s all we have to worry about in the Australian ‘jungle’, but, I don’t think I can tolerate what is called the ‘wandering spider’ or ‘banana spider’ that inhabits Brazilian jungles. Known to be the most aggressive of all spiders but the kicker is, it can kill and if it doesn’t kill, it may render a man impotent.
All jungles have some wonder about them. What lives with in them. What resources those jungles provide for both man and animals. I’d love to see the Madagascar rainforests. A stunning diversity of both plants and animals unique to that continent. Madagascar Rainforests certainly stand out as the most unique for various reasons but I’m certain all continents (Apart from the those where there is no vegetation) have something unique to the continent that no other continent has. Whether it’s a plant, an animal, even a weather phenomenon, each continent has it’s own story.
When I first saw the word Jungle, for some strange reason I though of a movie line (Yet again). Jungle – “it just came alive, and took him!”. Yes, Predator strikes again. That line is where the POW witnesses the camouflaged Predator taking a soldier into the jungle after killing him. The mysterious jungle. It worked very well for that movies suspense.
Maybe you just enjoy the serenity of some jungles. A rainforests streams and waterfalls. Gorgeous landscapes with flora and fauna you don’t witness everyday in a civilized suburban area. I enjoy that part of a rainforest. There’s actually a spot on the Queensland New South Wales border I try and visit when catching up with family. The spot is called Bunya Mountains, named after the Bunya pine that was harvested over 100 years ago for timber. This area is now a sanctuary with conservation at heart. Here you can wander through a forest with plants that have been around long before man had even set foot on the continent. Animals that have no fear of man and they are more curious of you than you are of them. Beautiful parrot’s that come in and land on you if you look like you have food. Blue winged kookaburras that steal food right out of your hand if you aren’t paying attention. A beautiful place with a lot of history and mystery.
Speaking of beautiful parrots, these photo’s are of my three boys at the edge of the forests attracting King Parrot attention. Truly a beautiful place. A variety of animals I’ve been fortunate to interact with. These photos possibly don’t do justice to the forest. In the background of my cheeky son Joshua (red shirt) you can see a bunya pine canopy of the Forrest. Bunya pine isn’t actually in the pine family. It was named incorrectly by early European settlers. The Bunya Pine is the last surviving species of the Section Bunya of the genus Araucaria. This section was diverse and widespread during the Mesozoic. Some of its family and similarities to the tree can be seen in south American forests.
When I visit this place, I feel like I’ve gone back into the Jurassic era. The plants are ancient and the whole atmosphere is typically different to standard bush or scrub. Definitely an experience worth having if you are city bound.
So whether you are thinking of rain forests, Brazilian or African jungles, even a Disney story about that book? … Oh yeah, Jungle book 🙂 Maybe even that other comic strip some Monkey artists have been busy creating; ‘Jungle Turns’, I’m sure there will be plenty of stories to tell with each creation.