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42). Fern    Makarora, South Island, New Zealand (January 2002)

The scenery and vegetation changes amazingly fast in New Zealand.  About an hour after leaving the arid grasslands of Wanaka, I drove into a tropical rainforest.  On a short hike to the Makarora river, I shot this close-up of a fern, New Zealand's most ubiquitous plant and, along with the kiwi, one of its national symbols.  Some ferns in New Zealand grow higher than a house.