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New Zealand: tree fern like a parasol

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Over the two years since our first visit to New Zealand, something I wished I could do again was look up and see the parasol of a tree fern. In the Manginangina Scenic Reserve on February 15, 2017, I was able to do that once more. Note the slender vine insinuating itself down the right side of the picture.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 16, 2018 at 4:51 AM

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  1. Wonderful. An experience to be treasured.


    February 16, 2018 at 6:21 AM

  2. Beautiful! Really nice!

    Reed Andariese

    February 16, 2018 at 6:48 AM

    • It’s not something you’ll see in northern New Jersey, that’s for sure. If you’ve never been to New Zealand, I hope you’ll get the chance to go.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 16, 2018 at 6:59 AM

  3. Oooh, I love this! It almost has a bejeweled look to it!


    February 16, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    • Then you can be bedecked in jewels if you visit New Zealand, given the prevalence of tree ferns there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 16, 2018 at 9:48 AM

  4. I would love to spend a few hours under this lovely parasol, Steve!


    February 16, 2018 at 10:38 AM

  5. I’ve always loved these, and wished I could grow one here. Or a whole forest of them 🙂


    February 16, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    • I just mentioned to Tanja (the previous commenter) that tree ferns can be found as close to us as Costa Rica, which is more accessible to Americans than New Zealand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 16, 2018 at 10:53 AM

      • I didn’t realize that. Another reason to try to get there.


        February 19, 2018 at 10:18 AM

        • Me too. I was there four decades ago, and at the time I wasn’t conscious of native species.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 19, 2018 at 11:17 AM

          • Wow, the time flies. Is that next for you and Eve?


            February 21, 2018 at 8:38 AM

            • Sometime into the spring we’ll head for New York, which we’re overdue to visit after 6 years. We’re thinking of combining that with New England and maybe the Maritime Provinces, which neither of us has ever been to. Before then, when it would still be cold up north, we’re toying with a shorter trip to south Texas or west Texas or New Mexico or even Arizona, where things will already be plenty warm.

              Steve Schwartzman

              February 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    • As for growing them here, look at this:


      Steve Schwartzman

      February 16, 2018 at 10:58 AM

  6. The shimmer of light on those intricate fronds is almost like that of reflected water – beautiful!


    February 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM

  7. What a beautiful shot.


    February 16, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    • I was just thinking that perhaps I should have lain on the ground to look up at an even broader sweep of the fern’s leaves. Then I remembered that the ground was wet and would have deterred me from lying down on it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 16, 2018 at 1:16 PM

  8. Ah – another of their wonders that I Love. From Sweden we can go to the Azores to see them as well. A little bit closer than NZ.


    February 16, 2018 at 1:18 PM

  9. Aaaaah! My favourite NZ tree, the punga. And I love the korus that create the next ‘parasol’.
    Wonder if that is a supplejack vine….

    Jenny Meadows

    February 16, 2018 at 4:53 PM

  10. That is big like an Australian tree fern.


    February 17, 2018 at 2:18 AM

  11. I was hoping you’d post another image of tree ferns. Even in your photos, they seem magical. Because they’re so large, it’s easy to imagine a world of humans shrunk to Lilliputian size, wandering beneath their canopies. The vine reminded me of the one that insinuated itself into the photo at Rainbow Falls.


    February 17, 2018 at 6:53 AM

    • How could I go to NZ and not photograph at least a few tree ferns? (I’ll admit I prefer the picture from the first trip.)

      I can’t resist asking whether you’re insinuating that the vine here might be the same kind as the one at Rainbow Falls.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 17, 2018 at 8:03 AM

  12. What a glorious shot .. the Fern is beautiful Steve. And yes I picked up the vine too 🙂


    February 19, 2018 at 2:06 AM

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