Snapshot, 1959: The ‘Green Hell’ of Hawaii

It’s no surprise that Jurassic Park was filmed in Hawaii: when you’re deep in the tropical forests, time seems to stand still. It makes one wonder what the park ranger and family in this 1959 photo have discovered…

At first glance, this photo might appear to show a perfectly normal scene. But just why have this family and the accompanying forestry official pulled over to investigate what lurks in the dense foliage? So primeval is the backdrop, with huge prehistoric ferns reaching over the road, that we imagine the earth beginning to shake, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex pushing its nose out from the undergrowth. Then again, looking at the disinterested poses of the young boys, it’s possible the park ranger has used his experience to sight a rare, short-eared owl…

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