Salvadora - a short natural history film
Featuring previously undocumented insect behaviour, science mixes with art in this tribute to the under-appreciated world of plants and insects. Salvadora persica is a shrub that occurs within the Namib Desert; this film explains how it survives, and explores the ecological web of an unusual ecosystem, a linear oasis.
I came across and documented 'termite constructed oases' in 2017 and consequently decided to incorporate a scene of the ecological interaction into this film.
A natural history note and acommpanying photographs regarding this can be found published in the Ecological Society of America's new series, Frontiers EcoPics: http://www.frontiersinecology.org/fron/frontiers-ecopics/
A popular science article about this and more can be found in Venture Publications' Travel News Namibia: Spring 2018 issue
© Oliver Halsey 2018