February 22, 2014

The Place of Jade

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Beech boughs and a broadleaf sapling overhang Lake Ada on Milford Track, a popular hiking trail in southwestern New Zealand's Te Wahipounamu—the place of jade—a World Heritage area that includes four national parks within which stand the country's highest mountains, longest glaciers, and tallest forests.

See more pictures from the March 2014 feature story “Where Greenstone Grows.”

42 comments
Ximena Cevallos
Ximena Cevallos

wallpaper please! you have such beautiful pictures, the least you can do is share them with us

Roxa HO
Roxa HO

beautiful  can be very simple

Shannon T
Shannon T

Beautiful. I love the mosaic look. Fantastic color.

emerson vidigal
emerson vidigal

congratulations! wonderfull!

is it possible to buy this picture?

thanks

Hans Straub
Hans Straub

Has a very "oriental" feel to it in its simplicity and texture. Great picture. 

Jax Cullen
Jax Cullen

'Greenstone' would be the word we use in NZ... That aside, it is an amazing photo.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

So the color, so the name 'place of jade'. I have never seen a green picture before, and its it lovely, yes it is. Tranquil,peaceful, and soothing to the eyes, what a spot to spend an afternoon, hiking and enjoying all this beautiful place has to offer. The word cool belongs here, in more ways than one!  j.e.s.        

Imaculada Figueiredo
Imaculada Figueiredo

The National Geographic always showing something stunning. 

It's nice when there is someone able to search for enchanted by the photographs.

Graciela Barraza
Graciela Barraza

It's a beautiful place. The picture is really very nice. Like a Watercolour!!!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Beautiful!       Love the green and the gorgeous trees.      Very lovely and would love to see in person.

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

Love the perspective and I absolutely love the amazing abstract pattern on the water surface . 

zhonghui z.
zhonghui z.

I like this shot not just the colar but also the background. It like a mosaic wall with green reflection.

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