April 4, 2014

Shag Green

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

The fantastically wet climate of southwestern New Zealand—average rainfall of more than 20 feet a year—allows tree limbs like these in Fiordland National Park to grow shaggy with moss, lichen, liverwort, and other clinging greenery.

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

20 comments
Angie L.
Angie L.

Looks like something out of a fairytale!

Nathaniel Bormans
Nathaniel Bormans

Hello

That picture is amazing

there are trees just like that along the Waikato river in Hamilton, New Zealand where i live

Janice H.
Janice H.

Pretty shot of lush green, love that...but doesn't this destroy the tree?

Cherye Pace
Cherye Pace

Or this could be Florida with his beautiful life oaks. Either way nature is magnificent..

Vijaya Naik
Vijaya Naik

seems like a modern art painting...great click

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

An interesting study of trees and their thick over growths. While I dont really appreciate the shot, I do realize tho' the effort of taking it, and wonder at all the difficulties entailed. Again a thank you from one comfortably sitting in her chair, at home!  j.e.s.....   

John Wilkes
John Wilkes

old growth Boreal Forest have similar mosses, but sadly are nearly all gone.

Bories Jung
Bories Jung

An interesting picture of green vegetation [|:-)

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