Starting tomorrow, the New Zealand Tree Project aims to create the first full photograph of a NZ native tree. The Tree Project team will soon be gathering to sort final details, tweak equipment, pack vehicles and do last minute errands. We head down to Pureora next week with the assistance of these fabulous sponsors:
The NZ Tree Project Team mug shots! Top left: Catherine Kirby, Top right: Steven Pearce, Bottom left: Andrew Harrison, Bottom right: Jen Sanger.
We were all inspired by the 2009 and 2012 redwood portraits by National Geographic and decided that doing something similar in New Zealand would not only be great fun but could be a fantastic way to celebrate our incredible trees and forests. We hope that the final photograph will be inspiring, motivating and educational. We will be complimenting this photograph with a 3D film of the tree, a short documentary and a behind-the-scenes experience. Phew! Lots to do in the next few weeks.
The project in based in Pureora Forest which is one of the most spectacular forests left in the North Island. It took a while to find a good spot for tree photography because of the lovely, thick understorey blocking our view but when we did find it, it was definitely worth the wait.
A great opportunity for the project team was presented by a tawa that has conveniently come down in front of a large rimu. This tree fall has created a line of sight through the understorey that is crucial for the photographs. It also provides a handy perch from which to survey the area!
So that is about all for now. Wish us luck and lets hope for minimal problems (like rope bags stuck in trees!). From the whole team, thanks for your support, we'll be in touch with updates soon!
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I work with NZ's native vascular epiphytes at the University of Waikato. I completed an MSc on epiphyte ecology and the shrub epiphyte Griselinia lucida and have recently published the Field Guide to NZ's Epiphytes, Vines & Mistletoes.