Saturday, June 7, 2014

My Year Of Darwin 6/7/2014: mighty forests of a mighty people

"A little before noon Messrs. Williams and Davies walked with me to part of a neighboring forest, to show me the famous kauri pine. I measured one of these noble trees, and found it thirty-one feet in circumference above the roots... These trees are remarkable for their smooth cylindrical boles, which run up to a height of sixty, and even ninety feet a nearly equal diameter, and without a single branch."  Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

Darwin left Tahiti and is now exploring New Zealand.  Had great things to say about Tahitians. The New Zealanders? Not so much. 

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