This is a shot of the branch I was sitting on at the end of my climb, looking straight out into the surrounding forest.
Here is a shot from that same branch looking down at our gear on the ground. For anyone who knows what they're looking for, I DID have safety knots in my rope. You just can't see them in this picture. I had one about every 8 feet-I wasn't taking any chances here! The trees with the tops that look like stars are Cook pines.
I took this picture on the way back down. My back was actually to the trunk, so I was twisting around trying to get a good shot of the root system, which covers a huge amount ground. I kind of like the swirly effect I got as my rope was swinging me back around.
Here is a little better shot of the root system.