Isolation Antidotes (30): From the Forest, Frondly

One of the highlights of our recent family trip to Rotorua—our first excursion out of town since the pandemic started—was a visit to a forest of California redwoods on its outskirts, the first of which were planted some 117 years ago. These giants have flourished very well in this climate and one is reminded very nicely of California’s counterparts such as the Muir Woods, albeit on a considerably smaller scale. Still, it is really quite surprising how large they have grown (up to 75 meters tall) in this relatively small amount of time. There are several lovely walking paths of varying length through the forest, but one of the most memorable features is an elegant, 700-meter-long, suspended walkway up to 20 meters above the forest floor that has been carefully constructed between 27 of the largest trees, providing a perspective (especially of the exquisite and iconic silver tree ferns, Alsophila dealbata) quite different from the usual one provided from ground level. This was our second family trip here, and we plan to make it an annual event. I have to add that, although we’ve been reduced to Level 1, caution is still the main concern for us seniors, and we took steps all along the way to keep to our family bubble. It sounds good to have the constraints relaxing, but we think it’s still responsibleto say (even knowing that I have fellow linguistically-alert friends out there) that we’re not out of the woods yet.

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22 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (30): From the Forest, Frondly

  1. Vicki says:

    I don’t think we are ‘out of the woods’ yet in Australia either. Still 2-3 popping up in my state. I used hand sanitiser after touching lift buttons and so on in the city today, but generally just tried to social distance after my appointment. I also clean my debit/credit/taxi plastic cards (just in case).

    I find the overhead view of the fern very appealing and totally different to what I experience at ground level. I would have loved the suspended walkway. I know I enjoyed the overhead view at Melbourne Zoo’s Great Aviary boardwalk.

    Seeing the people in the lower right-hand corner of the 1st image certainly gives one a good perspective of how majestic those trees are.

  2. I am fascinated by trees, especially some of the behemoths of the tree world, and some of them are the longest living organisms on the planet.

    Love the aerial view of the fern. You must have climbed a tree for that, one, unless you took a step ladder with you :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Haha, no I’m not that spry anymore, nor did I take a stepladder with me: I made that shot looking straight down from the suspension walkway.

      • Glad to here you did no climbing. I was told once that anybody over the age of 50 should never go near a ladder :)

      • krikitarts says:

        I’m afraid I’ve been violating that recommendation for the past 25 years. And I was up on another ladder just a few days ago. Where (and in what condition) is that person who told you that now? Shall we compare?

      • Well I fell off a ladder a few years ago and broke my wrist in two places needing two plates, and then got deep vein thrombosis to add. Yet, I had been going up and down ladders for years before this

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Absolutely, not out of the woods is exactly right – for everywhere. The tree ferns are absolutely wonderful! :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Adrian! It was such a treat to be out among them again, and I’m looking forward to being able to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy our nearby bush walks again too.

  4. I thought it incongruous when I saw tree ferns and a glacier together (https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/new-zealand-a-bluish-white/) because I didn’t know much about New Zealand. But tree ferns with California redwoods?

    • krikitarts says:

      I know! It really surprised me too, but they have apparently loved this microclimate and are undisputedly thriving there. The Maori name for the park is Whakarewarewa, and if you do a Google search for that, or Rotorua Redwoods, there’s lots more info available.

  5. shoreacres says:

    I was so surprised by the presence of California redwoods there. I suppose one of the advantages of an introduced species like that is that the trees aren’t going to populate the landscape as quickly as some non-natives do! Wonderful photos of what had to be a refreshing experience.

    • krikitarts says:

      Totally refreshing at any time, and when we were there a year ago it was in a light but steady rain, which increased the refreshingness even more dramatically–and we revisited it again after dark (no extra entrance fee if it’s on the same day as your regular visit). Our kids did that again this year, while CD and I stayed back and minded the grands.

  6. Mike Powell says:

    I chuckled at your word plays, Gary, both in the title and in the text, and was in awe of the images, especially the aerial view of the tree ferns.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Mike! As you probably know, the silver fern is NZ’s symbol of national identity, and has been accepted as such since the 1880s. They can grow up to 12 meters tall. (The similar black fern can reach up to 20.)

      • Mike Powell says:

        Actually, Gary, I did not know that the silver fern is New Zealand’s symbol of national identity. I consider myself better educated than many Americans about the world, but most of my knowledge and experience is in Europe.

  7. Peter Klopp says:

    I am sure you found comfort and joy in the redwood forest, especially now during the endemic. Great photos! I love them all.

  8. bluebrightly says:

    Frondly? Really? :-) :-) Stay in the woods! It suits you. Seriously, the elevated walk must have been so much fun. It’s a great idea to make going here an annual occasion. Beautiufl images!

  9. I really like the aerial view, Gary. Quite appealingly graphic in a green way. In the first I almost didn’t notice the tiny people.
    Yes, complacency would be an error. All it takes is one careless person coughing/sneezing in the wrong direction for things to get out of hand.

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