March 2, 2014

Native Stand

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

In the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area, stands of rimu trees, a type of conifer found only in New Zealand, are a signature of Gondwana, the supercontinent that fragmented into the landmasses of today’s Southern Hemisphere.

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

22 comments
Hihiria Awatupua
Hihiria Awatupua

Te Waipounamu is  another name for the South Island, New Zealand. Wai - meaning water. Pounamu- Greenstone. Te Waipounamu- the Greenstone waters. Wahi is place. Te Wahipounamu is the place (where) greenstone (is found). Nga mini :)

sudheesh n.v
sudheesh n.v

Dramatic Pic, The highlight of this photo is sunlight comes to darker side of trees. This photo remembering us we are in illusion or we are arrived in another unknown world.

Janet Dunaway
Janet Dunaway

This place seems magical in the way the light is captured against the trees.  It's almost like I'm waiting for a creature to move out of the brush or from behind a tree.  The trees are mesmerizing all by themselves.  Great photo! 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow. It's kind of hypnotizing. Fantastic.

lee spencer
lee spencer

thanyou so much

beauti piece of photography

Janice H.
Janice H.

Beautiful photo!    Love this picture.       What lovely colors and textures are represented in the trees and all the various growing things.           Trees are just so majestic!

Casey RIchard
Casey RIchard

Photo of the day too beautiful not to share.  :)


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What a great photograph. Starkly real with its cushions of green,and some sort of brush in the foreground that makes this one a really good shot.. So a thank you for each day's efforts to bring beauty of different kinds to us.  j.e.s.    

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