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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Briar Bentley

Colonist's First Challenge

Briar Bentley

Westland Rain Forest

Westland, New Zealand

December 3, 2011

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Walking through the forest close to Fox Glacier is to enter a damp world of fern and lichen-clad trees, the rainfall here is just tremendous and quite at odds with the base of a glacier being a mere three kilometers away.

Everything is mono-colored, yet staggering in its range of shades of green. No other color seems able to exist in this place of perpetual rain, cloud.

The rainfall, which is up to 30 meters per year further up the glacier, comes from a land that faces the westerly air-stream that comes up from the Antarctic and is forced upward by the Alpine range.

The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are world-famous tourist attractions and despite their isolation are visited by thousands of people every year. I hope that some of the people who view these will appreciate the ecology of the whole area.
Canon 5D plus Canon 15mm fisheye lens
Manfrotto tripod plus QTVR head

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