Boeri and Freshwater Lake trails: Jan 2018


WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL CRASK

The Boeri and Freshwater Lake trails have been cleared since the storm and are in good shape. The montane thicket is spartan in many places along both trails though pioneering and resilient plants such as ferns, tree ferns, bromeliads (many of which were flowering), zel mouche, heliconia, wild anthurium, grasses, lichens, club moss, kaklen (clusia), and miconia are growing back, giving life and colour to this devastated habitat.

Notably absent was the unmistakable song of the mountain whistler (rufous-throated solitaire) which, before the hurricane, would always be heard in these parts, especially along the Boeri trail and around the crater lake itself. Indeed there was little birdlife generally.

The Freshwater Lake reception building was partially damaged and is yet to reopen.


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