A trip in the forest  

brute472 75M
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5/5/2006 9:40 pm

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5/12/2006 2:30 am

A trip in the forest

The top end of the North Island of NZ has some of the loveliest scenery imaginable.
The top end of the island was once home to thousands upon thousands of Kauri trees.
The Kauri tree is known for its beautiful hued hard wood used in furniture making and in the early days of European settlement of the country for house timber.
Unfortunately the Kauri forests were decimated and today only isolated stands of these grand trees remain.
This picture is of a twin trunked tree that is the exception and is situated in a small forested area on the Coromandel which is one of the last havens of this regal species.
They grow to enormous height and girth and no foliage grows on the lower reaches of the tree making the timber very straight grained with no knots.
Luckily it is now illegal to cut down these and other threatened natives.


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