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.
On her path through the Mahinapua Reserve, Arthur captures otherworldly organisms like the violet coral fungus and red and blue mushrooms. Special care is given to the silver fern, a vascular plant affiliated with New Zealand culture and history. Shooting with shallow depth of field, Arthur is able to hone in on the smallest of nature’s treasures, allowing all noise to fade into the background. Under her dreamy lens, the rainforest is both vibrant and fragile, a remarkable ecosystem worth preserving.
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