Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

      

Ancient flora  -- The Rota tree, essentially a giant fern, is a Mesozoic relic, surviving tenaciously through the eons. Its foliage resembles spider webs in both form and function, trapping sunlight and moisture.

The person who took the shot to the right picked up a camera lens brush that I dropped many paces back. My streak of clumsiness continued when, from waist height, I dropped my Leica Elmarit 90mm f/2 lens to the rocky path (!). Aside from a small blemish on its chrome finish, the sturdy brass housing and the precious optics remain perfectly intact, giving me sharp exposures as always.

These photos are taken with the Nikon D100 digital SLR and the Nikon f/2.8 20mm D lens.

New Zealand 2002

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