I arose before dawn from my bed in the pine forest to reach Tane Moana in the heart of this forest reserve.
Tane Moana is one of the largest kauri trees remaining in New Zealand (opinions seem to differ on whether it is the second or third in size.) For me, size doesn't matter. It is such a treat to stand in the presence of a tree like this, in the early morning, after a delightful walk.
A walkway protects this tree. For all their presence and stature, kauris have root systems that spread along the forest surface. It makes them vulnerable.
I am reminded of an elephant: grey, wrinkled, host to other life forms. It supports life and is supported by life.
Just like you and me.