Isolation Antidotes (32): Further Forest Forays

In my recent post about our holiday in Rotorua, I included a photo in which I tried to give a good impression of the size that some of the redwoods have attained by including a few of the family in the distance. I’d like to add one more from that afternoon that provides an even better perspective with the inclusion of The Elf, The Sprout, and The Urchin. A couple of days later we spent several delightful hours in nearby Paradise Valley Springs, which features an animal park that the kids always enjoy immensely, and through which the lovely Ngongotaha River flows, a natural stream with rainbow and brown trout.

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24 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (32): Further Forest Forays

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Great forest shots! It is indeed a good idea to place people in front of the tree to create the right impression of the sheer size of these giants.

  2. Helen Cherry says:

    I love that tree photo.. The gentle green at the top , rich brown and the children all in blue. Excellent.

  3. Haven’t heard of Ngongotaha but the name shows a duplicated syllable, a characteristic of so many Māori words.

  4. Adrian Lewis says:

    Truly impressive trees, my friend – wow! :)

  5. Lovely photos, Gary. Like them both. The flowing water and the golden leaves is really nicely done. The forest and the children really gives a good sense of scale of some of these magnificent trees.

    • krikitarts says:

      In many places here, the trees with striking autumn colors are relatively scarce. The Japanese maples provide the best reds and there are birches with yellows, and a few sycamores and plane trees. But it’s nothing like a northern hardwood forest. Still, for those who really look, the available foliage is still quite lovely.

  6. Now you would have job hugging that tree. Great forest shot 😊

  7. Minna says:

    Huge tree! Nice to see your grandchildren again in your photo :) Love your autumn photo with yellow leaves and stream.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks again, Minna, it’s nice to have the grands so close at hand. And this is a really special place to take children–and to be children again. One feels like a child among all these magnificent giants.

  8. shoreacres says:

    That’s a wonderful photo of the kids with the trees, and an exceptional image of the trees themselves: so straight and tall.

    I am curious — are all of those trees redwoods? If so, aren’t they planted a little close to one another? Of course it takes time for them to attain a good size, but there must be something that I’m missing!

    • shoreacres says:

      It just occurred to me: is the camera/lens responsible for the perspective? Are the trees farther apart than they appear?

      • krikitarts says:

        Both very good questions, Linda. The big ones have been there long enough that I’m pretty sure that many of the smaller ones have sprouted from their seeds, and thecaretakers probably haven’t have the personal experience to cull a few seedlings to give the parent trees more breathing space. They do seem to be doing all right so far, though. As for your second one, I had my 18-135 out to 18, so it is a wide angle shot, but not an extreme one, and what you see is pretty much as I remember it. I’m glad you like the photo!

  9. Cute shot with the kids sitting at the tree’s base. I wasn’t aware that redwoods grow anywhere beside the U.S. west coast. Learned something new. The mossy rocks and autumn leaves make for a nice river vignette.

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