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Green relief for the hot desert eye

Here’s some eye refreshment for those of us in the hot desert to contemplate: a view of a moist, mossy and cool rainforest from Aotearoa (New Zealand).  Here there be Kiwi birds, and Kakariki, and Mohua.

Native bush at Makarora: temperate rain forest

Native bush at Makarora: temperate rain forest

It always amazes me how effective a bit of shade is for cooling, visually and physically, even in the most searing summer heat.  Our desert trees may not be hundreds of feet high, or hung with mosses and orchids, but on days like today I’m very grateful for our gnarly mesquites, and light-mantled palo verdes, and other arid land stalwarts.

(Photo A.Shock)

Posted by Allison on Aug 4th 2009 01:35 pm | No Comments yet
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