Our time together has come to an end, but there are a couple more posts to come – heck, there might even be one from me! This beautiful tree, growing fragilely and wilfully on the edge of a lake kind of epitomises the wonder of the last two weeks – it’s been a small miracle ………..
Over 70 years ago, “That Wanaka Tree” began as a wooden fence post that kept livestock from wondering through the Wanaka Village.
From those origins, a beautiful willow tree has grown.
The signage nearby notes that photographers come from around the world in an effort to capture the beauty of this tree. Please visit this link to see a photo of a swarm of photographers trying to capture this distinct little tree.
Evidently the popularity of the tree and the desire for selfies is starting to damage the tree. Per a story on News Hub, Lake Wanaka Tourism is asking tourists not to climb the tree to get photos, after a branch fell off before Christmas. “The loss of a branch is a big concern as it takes longer for this particular tree to regenerate,” a Queenstown Lakes District Council spokesman told NZ Newswire. “It’s quite a small tree growing…
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