360° panorama by Richard Chesher.
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Freddy says, "Take a photo of that tiny tree" as I contemplate the best place to do a sphere image of one of our favourite swimming holes on the Rivere des Kaoris.The tiny tree is growing right out of a big rock between two cascades. It looks like it would vanish after the next heavy rain but looks are, in this case, deceiving. This species is totally amazing. It grows so slowly that some of the trees I photographed 25 years ago look exactly the same today - and they survived massive powerful floods each time a cyclone came swirling by. I see a strand of grass is already caught on the little tree from the flood last week when a cyclone came thundering by. So this tenacious little guy has already been baptized. There is another tree of the same species growing out of the rock on the opposite pole of the sphere image and I'll bet it is over 30 years old. Normally it would be very difficult to get a sphere image of the little tree - there is no way I could set up a tripod in the rapids and no way I would want to risk most cameras close enough to the little tree what with the constant splashes from the two waterfalls and the need to swim across the pool to get to the rapids.But the little waterproof GoPro Hero3 on the handle of my walking stick makes the job easy. I side-stroke across the pool, clamber up the slippery rocks using my walking stick to steady things, stand a couple of meters to one side of the rapids, extend the stick, rotate it and bag the image. Easy and quick with great results.I like waterfall and stream images done at slow shutter speeds so the water looks dreamy smooth, but the GoPro turns the cascade into an ice-sculpture which has some amazing formations. So it has a different kind of dream quality that is equally fascinating.Good luck to the little tree, may it thrive in this hazardous position for a long long time. 

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