This pic was taken while I was driving a tractor back from when we made silage back in early November. These old nikau palms are in a paddock adjacent to the road and have survived the presence of cattle, which tend to destroy a lot of our native trees when they trample the roots and scratch themselves against the bark, sometimes damaging it or stripping it off. These palms appear to have tolerated their presence better than other plant species. Before human settlement, the canopy of trees would have been so dense that no grass would grow in a place such as this.
The nikau is the only palm native to New Zealand and is known to grow to a height of 15m. Itís found in coastal and warmer inland forests of the North Island and is abundant on the northwest coast of the South Island. Itís also found on Banks Peninsula and the Chatham Islands.
This pic was rotated 2 deg to the left and cropped before slightly increasing brightness and saturation. Finally, it was downsized and sharpened.
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Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-05-12 11:32
I like these trees. They grow really dense and look ver interesting. Nice green colour of the image.
kittyhawk (1732) 2006-05-12 15:09
Very nice photo, I like the ligh on the leafes. Very nice contrast and detail in this. Some of the sky might be a bit bright, but it does not steal to much atention. Very nice work, thanks for sharing this.
Janice (4403) 2006-05-13 2:20
I do like these Nikau Palms Tony, we don't see too many of them growing around here. And it looks like a Cabbage tree or two are growing there as well.
It's an attractive grove of trees; the colours and details all look good. Well presented, thank you,
martou (1660) 2006-05-16 23:38
great capture of this beautifull palm, we don't have any palm tree here in Canada, It's a beautifull knd of tree, I like the dynamism with the vertical lines, good work, see you,