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I found this dead fern stem amongst the dense multitude of living ferns in the Catlins Forest of New Zealand. My wife and I came across this particular ill-fated plant while hiking back from the Purakaunui Falls. The hike is a short one, but it is through a uniquely situated rainforest. Most rainforests are located in the tropics, but this one is on the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island. This is close to the last stop in the Pacific before reaching Antarctica so it is very odd that such a lush rainforest is found here.

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