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42).  Fern    Makarora, New Zealand (January 2002)

As you drive through New Zealand, the scenery and vegetation change incredibly fast from one place to another.  About an hour after leaving the arid grasslands of Wanaka, on the South Island, I drove into a steamy, tropical rainforest.  I shot this close-up of a sun-dappled fern, New Zealand's most ubiquitous plant, during a short hike to the Makarora River.  Along with the kiwi, the fern is one of New Zealand's national symbols.  Some ferns in New Zealand, in fact, grow higher than a house.