A Taste of the Tropics
By Adrian Zupp
The trip to Puerto Rico, featured in Thursday night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” was Peter’s first trip to the U.S. territory – but tropical locations are nothing new to him.
Much of Peter’s early career in Australia was spent shooting the vast state of Queensland, a considerable portion of which is tropical. Those times are captured in shots like “Rainforest,” “Fan Palms,” “The Daintree” and “Enchanted Forest.” (Anyone interested in seeing more of Peter’s Australian work is urged to purchase “Australia: Images of a Timeless Land” from his online bookstore.)
Nevertheless, a new location is always an exciting prospect for the Master Photographer.
“I loved shooting Daintree and all those great places in Australia back in the day,” he said. “The lushness is incredible. The tropics always seem like they’re alive; like things are growing almost before your eyes. So going to Puerto Rico was a reminder of the past but still a new place to add to the list of incredible countries and environments I’ve photographed.”
Peter has also shot canyons and caves, primarily in the American Southwest. But Puerto Rico had something special in store.
“Puerto Rico’s Camuy Cave System is one of the world largest – it’s massive!” said Peter. “Deep, dark, very steep going down …. It was like ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’! But what an experience! I can’t wait for viewers to get an eyeful of that one.”
“As with any place I haven’t been to before, I wasn’t too sure what to expect heading down to Puerto Rico,” added Peter. “You can read the script and do your research, but until you actually get on location, you can’t completely get a handle on the challenges or what the environment has to offer in terms of photography. But Puerto Rico was great on all counts. No cakewalk though!”
Tune in to The Weather Channel at 9/8c this Thursday for “From the Edge with Peter Lik” …. and that incredible cave system!