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Taken 16-Feb-16
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Keywords:New Zealand, southland, river, south, coast, track, waitutu, forest, remote, isolation, fiordland, podocarp, beech, backcountry, native, bush, trail, tramp, tramping, hike, walk, historic, tree, punga, fern, plant
Photo Info

Dimensions4896 x 3264
Original file size2.25 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken16-Feb-16 09:49
Date modified25-May-16 13:29
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length24 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/3 at f/11
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Forest stream on the South Coast Track 1

Forest stream on the South Coast Track 1

A gentle stream winds through the Waitutu Forest.

The Waitutu Forest in Southland is a beautiful expanse of native lowland forest, stretching from the shoreline of the southern coast up into the mountains of Fiordland. A diverse range of plant and animal species envelop over 500 square km of misty ridges and valleys.

Ancient marine terraces today are clothed in dense mixed podocarp and beech forest. This area was once threatened by logging but is now protected and will remain a valuable wilderness into the future. Dr David Bellamy once described the Waitutu forest as “probably the most important forest in the world”. The forest contains rimu, beech, miro, totara and southern rata, also kamahi, lancewood, ferns, orchids, etc. It provides safe haven for kereru, tui, kaka, bellbird, and many other native species.