Bright sunlight dances 
Coral reefs breathe new colors
Old forests in bloom

Would coral reefs stand a chance in the future, protected by drowned temperate rain forests in warmed waters in now too cold areas?

Is it an odd assumption that climate change does not destroy nature, but radically changes the conditions to which nature is slowly adapting? 

Coral reefs are an important ecosystem for underwater life. They protect coastal areas by reducing the force of waves striking the shore. They are the source of nitrogen and other essential nutrients for marine food chains. And they assist in carbon and nitrogen fixation. 


Increased ocean temperatures and changing ocean chemistry are huge threats to the coral reefs. These threats are caused by warmer atmospheric temperatures and increasing levels of carbon dioxide in seawater. Besides that, in many ways that humanity damage reefs all around the world every day. For example through pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing practices using dynamite or cyanide... But also collecting live corals for the aquarium market and mining coral for building materials are some of the threats.

The average global temperature increase will be towards 3 degrees Celsius, so do more and more climate scientists agree. So one and a half degrees, by long is no longer feasible. Especially with all those new plans for oil and gas extraction with 'energy independence' as a false excuse. Where we should drastically reduce the use of fossil fuels, an increase is to be expected in the next 5-10 years.

Many people seem to think that natural laws do not apply to them. They think their cleverness will solve all the problems. And so the still-increasing bill of our greed and stubbornness is passed on. Passed on further and further to the southern hemisphere and future generations.

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Blooming Forest - Bright sunlight dances ~ Coral reefs breathe new colors ~ Old forests in bloom - Surrealistic digital photo art, part of the collection Drowned Earth by Jacob Berghoef
Blooming Forest

General info on this artwork

This is a digital artwork, printed with high-quality ink on museum-quality cotton paper (Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm). The work comes in a limited edition of 10, signed and with a certificate of authenticity.

For these artworks, I start with one or more photographs made by myself. I edit it in multiple process runs and in several layers by color manipulation and adding and editing multiple digital photographic effects. I do that until a surrealistic atmosphere is created that touches me and tells the story I want to tell.

The photograph(s) I begin with has/have an impressionistic, surrealistic or abstract realist style, which is the basis for all my work.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page and here.