In her native New Zealand, photographer Thysje Arthur catalogs the breathtaking flora native to the Westland rainforests. Here, nutrient-rich humus composed of rotting leaves and bark allows for a thriving and fertile forest floor blanketed in color. Exuding a spellbinding aroma, the soil, plants and flowers underfoot cause the ground to feel surprisingly spongy and less solid than we might expect.
Madison, WI, photographer Lewis Koch explores humans’ relationship with nature in one of the places that’s got to be richest for this type of photography–Yellowstone National Park. I appreciate the sentiment that much of this incredible place was razed and reshaped simply so that it could be visited by people en masse, their giant recreational vehicles parked on the pavement in what used to be majestic, untouched wilderness, but I also get a kick out of the tourist culture evident in the project.