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Jungle of the Red Spirit

This stunning piece of cinematography gives us a close-up view of the type of rainforest complexity and biodiversity we can only hope to imitate as permaculturalists.

The pristine Borneo jungle rainforest is filmed at a time before more recent disturbances occurred, portraying a balanced ancient system. It’s a world where plant competition for sunlight is intense and the microclimate so densely humid that worms travel above the soil surface with no fear of dehydration.

The rainforest is testament to the kinds of diversity and well functioning systems that can arise from poor soil. With soil low in phosphates and nitrogen, plants seek the deficient nutrients themselves. The carnivorous pitcher plants dissolve unfortunate insects in their attractive nectar.

Before you start work in your own system today, do spend 51.28 minutes observing the mastery of Nature.


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