Derek Henderson photographed New Zealand's Beech forests for At Large. From the magazine introduction: ‘Covering 2.9 million hectares, and persisting since the jurassic period, the Beech forests of New Zealand are the region’s last remaining indigenous woodlands. There are five varieties — Red, Black, Silver, Hard, and Mountain. They can live for three hundred years, but it’s their adaptability that has kept the Beech tree forests intact through mass extinctions and multiple geological periods. Growing predominantly in the stony, high altitude of New Zealand’s many mountain ranges, they’ve been spared from agricultural land clearing. Today, Beech forests serve as a backdrop to New Zealand’s famous hiking trails.’
At Large, issue 11, October 2021. Photography by Derek Henderson.