By Jo Mead, Partnerships Ranger in Franz Josef
We can often get fixated on the grandeur of the Southern Alps and the centuries-old rimu forest in this amazing place where we live and work in Westland.
However if we stop and look down at our feet among the leaf litter and fallen branches, we can find sights that are just as incredible — funky fungi as well as some spectacular mosses and ferns to discover.
Here are some photos I’ve recently taken of the amazing fungi, ferns and mosses I’ve come across.
We love getting out and exploring the undergrowth – “fungi hunting” we call it and most of our autumn walks are dedicated to the search of fungi. Great fun and it is amazing to see the life at the bottom of the forest floor for a change.