Makarora, South Island,
Zealand (January 2002)
The scenery and vegetation changes amazingly
in New Zealand. About an hour after leaving the arid grasslands of
Wanaka, I drove into a tropical rainforest. On a short hike to the
river, I shot this close-up of a fern, New Zealand's most ubiquitous plant
and, along with the kiwi, one of its national symbols. Some ferns in New
Zealand grow higher than a house.