On my boat ride through the Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park, I was shown a Rhizophora mangrove tree that was at least 30 feet tall. I jumped out of the boat into the water to try to figure out how to shoot it. In the meantime, the Worldview International Foundation’s media assistant, Wai Thazin Aung climbed onto it’s roots to reach the land. In her beautiful yellow ‘one set’ I felt she would make a lovely image, giving scale to the magnificent, tangled roots that are instrumental in protecting shorelines from erosion.
True mangroves grow in saline water, not fresh, and can absorb upto 5x as much carbon dioxide as a normal plant. The soil of mangroves is soft and clay like as it keeps in all the carbon.