The top image is a photograph of a lush rainforest canopy. The bottom image colors each tree based on its species.

How? It’s all thanks to a special lab built by ecologist Greg Asner inside a twin-turboprop airplane. From a few thousand feet up, the Carnegie Airborne Observatory uses lasers, spectrometers and other instruments to build a detailed 3-D model of a forest, identify different species of vegetation and quantify carbon sequestration. It’s a lot quicker than tramping through the jungle and taking these measurements on foot.

A fun tidbit from the full story:
"On one occasion, he and his team mapped more than 6,500 square miles of the Colombian Amazon at night — about the size of Connecticut plus Rhode Island — flying with all their lights out to avoid being shot at by the FARC, the Colombian rebel force.

Images: Greg Asner, Carnegie Airborne Observatory


Ellie Davies

lives in London and works in the woods and forests of the UK.  She gained her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008.

She is represented by A.Galerie Paris, Sophie Maree Gallery in The Netherlands, Brucie Collections in Kiev and Art Gemini in Singapore.  Crane Kalman Brighton Gallery exhibit her work at London Art Fairs.

The Stars series, 2014 explores her desire to find some balance between a relationship with the wild places of her youth, and a pervasive sense of disconnectedness with the natural world.



I’ve got a single print of each of these images for sale!

4x6 / glossy / super crispy / $10 includes delivery anywhere in the USA

I’ll delete them as they (hopefully) sell, so check the OP for availability

payment methods accepted: paypal, venmo, coachella ticket

If there’s lotsa interest, I’ll set up a print shop with all my shots!  hmu