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Westland Rainforest

Westland Rainforest
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-14
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/8, 2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-14 3:13
Viewed: 4451
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This afternoon I took my Son, Aqua, and my stepson, Andre for a walk up to the top of one of my favourite ridges in the Arorangi Reserve, just outside Greymouth.

This is a photo looking back down into the bush from the ridge.
The clumps of plants with thin leaves climbing the tall trees are an epiphytic vine called Kiekie (Freycinetia banksii).
It has a flexible ridged stem that looks similar to bamboo, and can completely cover very tall trees.
The forest here is not unlike many forests in lowland areas of New Zealand, although there are a few species that grow in the warmer North Island that aren't seen down this way.
The Nothofagus (Beech) trees that are so abundant down here are not so often found up north though.
They are found more in colder inland and mountainous regions, although there is some excellent Nothofagus forest in some higher regions of the North Island like the Urewera National Park.

I hope you like this photo from one of my favourite local spots.
This spot is only about 5 minutes drive and five minutes walk from my home, so I can go here any time I like to chill out ..... paradise!

Thanks for looking.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-14 3:19]

Hi Steve,a very magic atmosphere.A beautiful point of view and excellent details and colors...my best compliments for this great idea,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2009-06-14 3:25]

Hi Steve,
I love pictures like that. The variety of the vegetation is always impressive. Love to be there once.

Wow dude...You have your wilderness too! A big difference from N to S but still a wilderness in classification...In my wilderness I look out for larger predators but in yours it looks from the image that my only enemies would be very small and harder to detect. Great wilderness-scape!

Hello Mr. Steve!

Yo have a great luck to have these places so close to home. And even more fortunate to be able to capture its essence with your camera and your talent.

A nice photo and great photography. I see that you're committed to the SX10, more and more.



Hi Steve

Good to see you out with your sons.
Great patch of forest, nice composition.


Amazingly rich vegetation in the rain forest, Steve.
The segement you have chosen gives a very good impression of the variety of trees, plants, creepers and ferns.
Thanks and regards.

Hello Steve !
Wow, this forest is amzingly beautiful ! You are so lucky to live near a place as beautiful as this one - I suspect if I lived there, I would never go home again ! :-) Everything looks so green, so wild, so fantastic... Very well done on capturing this piece of paradise !

amazing forest, TFS Ori

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