Postcard from the Fern

Lake Wakatipu, near Queenstown, Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

It started raining in the western side of the South Island and it seemed like it wouldn’t stop. Sure, there were short periods of no rain, but we found ourselves always carrying umbrellas and wearing raincoats ready for when it started again. We put the cameras away and enjoyed the drive up the west coast, getting the cameras out when the weather permitted. Which wasn’t often.

Above Queenstown, Otago, South Island, New Zealand.
Fern, New Zealand’s national symbol. Near Wellington, North Island, New Zealand.

The west coast of the South Island gets a lot of rain. The town of Franz Josef, which is located about mid-way along the west coast, has an annual rainfall of 157 inches. Which is why it’s so green. All that rain is a perfect growing environment for New Zealand’s national symbol – the fern.

Fern tree near Wellington, North Island, New Zealand.

You can’t travel far in New Zealand without seeing a fern. They come in all shapes and sizes from the tiny maidenhair fern to the fern tree which can reach 49 feet. After a while, we were saying (sarcastically)”Look! A fern!”. Sarcastic humor aside, they were beautiful, and they were everywhere.

Trail of ferns, South Island, New Zealand.

About rkcaton

We like to travel and even spent nine years roaming around North America in a 40 foot motorhome. We're now back in a home in Washington state roaming by car, air, and boat.
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1 Response to Postcard from the Fern

  1. Cindy says:

    Ferns are very lovely. Don’t know that I wood want to have a ton of them in our yard, but we do get a nice growth in the back of our property where there are lots of trees….

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