Fern trees

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Nov 08 2015

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Category: New Zealand, Oceania

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For millions of years New Zealand has been isolated from the rest of the world. That’s why nature could develop on these islands without much interference from outside. The result is that about 80% of the plants and trees in New Zealand are only found there and nowhere else on Earth. Interestingly, certain species can also be found in the south of Chile which is at the same latitude.

Hinawai Reserve, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand 2013

Fern and its shadow, Hinawai Reserve, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand 2013

The forests of New Zealand contain as much as 200 different fern species, from small plants to whole trees, which thrive in the cool, moist environment.

Along Haast Highway, South Island, New Zealand 2013

Along Haast Highway, South Island, New Zealand 2013

Walking in an old rain forest under tree ferns, as I did here for the first time, is a special experience. It takes you back to a world of nature at a time when man had yet to arrive on Earth.

Photo of the week: Near Hokitika river and gorge, South Island, New Zealand 2013

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