Daisies, Darran Mountains


As we crossed a high alpine basin, I climbed down and found Snow Marguerites (Dolichoglottis scorzoneroides), seeding Buttercups (Ranunculus sp.) and Moss growing in a gravel-filled hollow. The basin was bare rock, scoured by a small glacier perhaps a century or two ago, and briefly free of snow each year. The remaining ice was sending meltwater to nourish tiny gardens. Even at 1600 metres, life will quickly grab any new opportunity.

Darran Mountains, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Canon G10, 6.1mm, 1/400, f6.3, ISO 100

by Ian Brown, New South Wales