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Kauri by @Thorvald (El Thorvaldo)

Two kauri trees (Agathis australis) outside the New Zealand parliament in Wellington. Endemic to the northern finger of North Island, kauri can live for 2000 years and grow as high as 60 metres. Its strength and resistance to rot made it popular for woodworking, especially in shipbuilding—Maori canoes would be carved from a single trunk—and versatile kauri gum spawned a trade of its own. Industrialized lumber industry devastated the population, and in 1985 the government outlawed commercial logging.

Original photo taken May 2014. Submitted to DeviantArt September 2015.

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