Giants in the mist
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|The temperate rainforests of New Zealand consist of two main types...conifer/broadleaf forest and beech forests at higher altidudes. This shot is taken in a typical conifer/broadleaf forest,which is the type found on Mount Pirongia near my home. The forest is made up of a wide variety of broadleaved trees,which make up the main canopy,tall podocarps which rise above,and various understory layers.Tree ferns are a common feature (a leaf of which can be seen at the top of the picture) as are nikau palms,vines,epiphytes,numerous ferns and mosses.The cane like vine in the center of the picture is supplejack (Ripogonum scandens) which,in places,can make the forest almost impenetrable.(Later I'll post a picture which clearly illustrates this point).The tall conifers looming out of the mist are most likely Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum),Totara (Podocarpus totara)or Kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydiodes)which is New Zealands tallest native tree.Kahikatea forests once covered much of the lowland area of New Zealands north island,but much of the swampland has been drained to make way for farming,and now Kahikatea forests remain only in scenic reserves and as small private areas of bush within farmland.Later on,I will feature more New Zealand trees individually,and go into more detail about the various species.|
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Wow another moody shot, looks like a day for those. it give a very prehitoric feel to you image which with those ferns it is I surrpose
The note are of the best sort, an example to many who have been posting here for a while now.
I have tree ferns at work that have been removed under licence from where you are, how politically acceptable is this in your opinion we are told at this end that these are being lifted from areas that are being cleared for housing .
Steve, Words that come to mind - calm, peaceful, serene, tranquil. Nice feel - TFS.
Wow Steve. Excellent shot. Looks very eerie
Very nice shot of the rainforest, very misty. We get fog in our rainforest usually from december to january.