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Northern Rivers natural wonders feature in Planet Earth

LUMINOUS fungi from Booyong and other local fungi feature in the time-lapse images by Northern Rivers photographer Steve Axford that are part of a ground breaking documentary series, Planet Earth 2.

Planet Earth 2 is a British nature series produced by the BBC, presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, as a sequel to the highly successful 2006 Planet Earth series.

The extended trailer features some of a number of time-lapse images shot by Steve locally for the TV series.

The series does not yet have an Australian premiere date.

Planet Earth II will be the first television series that the BBC has produced in ultra-high-definition technology, also known as 4K.

All time-lapse footage of fungi in the documentary is shot by Steve locally, and will be part of episode three of the series, called Jungles.

He said the luminous fungi featured in the documentary is easily found in the Northern Rivers.

"You just need to go out at night after we get a rain event, after four or five days of rain. They grow on fallen wood including camphor."

Steve said the Northern Rivers was a particularly good area for shooting images of wildlife.

"Because of our volcanic soil, our rainfall, and the fact we are in the dividing line between the south and the tropical areas, we get species like the Richmond Birdwing butterfly, that is only found here and in Cairns," he said.

"There is a huge biodiversity here and the fungi is excellent; it's a really good place for all that sort of thing."

The photographer reached global recognition some years ago, after blog Colossal started covering some of his work.

Magazines and websites from across Europe, Asia and the US started to become interested in Steve's work, leading to the BBC contacting him for time-lapse shots of local fungi.


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