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Somewhat appropriately today, given that as I write this rain is pelting down on the skylight above my desk, I am featuring trees from New Zealand’s southern temperate rain forests. In particular, these shots were snapped on the road between Te Anau and Milford Sound, driving through the Fiordland National park. The drive was stunning, and I’m going to write about that at some stage elsewhere, and share some of my favourite pics.

But the drive through the beech forests was gorgeous, especially the afternoon sunlight through the leaves. At one spot we stopped and took a short walk to some lakes, where I looked up into the treetops and snapped a shot too. But the other shot is straight through the front windscreen of the car. I’ve refrained from cropping the car out of it, as proof of authenticity!

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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We’re home from a three week trip around the South Island. It was fabulous, and I will write about it somewhere, and share some of the photos I was privileged to be able to take. This is one of my last shots of the trip, taken in Picton, where the interisland ferries leave for Wellington. We got there early, sat under these trees in the sun looking out at Queen Charlotte Sound, the boats coming to-and-fro, and the other people also waiting for the ferry.

I’ve always called the trees pineapple palms, but find that they are Phoenix canariensis, a native of the Canary Islands, and also sometimes called Canary Island palms. I’ve always loved them – they look exotic, and sometimes line beaches or the entrance to a town in a line. Equally, it’s not uncommon to see one planted in the front lawn of an everyday house.

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series.

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Last week I forgot the thing that made me happiest recently, and was actually the original inspiration for last weeks “happy things” post.

I hadn’t been into the city for a week or two or three, except for going on the bus (which takes a different route) to meet a friend for lunch. On Sunday (a week ago) we drove along the waterfront – almost all the quays (there are a lot of “quays” in Wellington) – and pretty much all the pohutukawa were in flower. The trees along the waterfront by the stadium and the route where cruise passengers would walk (and would have been walking this summer but for COVID) are getting bigger, and so there are even more beautiful red blooms. A few days later when I was in the city I started counting some of the trees along the sides and middle of the streets, and there are hundreds. I stopped to take a photo … or two. They really doesn’t convey the continuous delights of these red blooms as we drive along the quays and around the bays, where the newer council planted trees turned into the older, huge trees in Oriental Parade that were also in flower. Further around the bays were the trees where I took the photo some years ago that form my current and very seasonal header image.

I know I wax on (ad nauseum?) about the pohutukawa and their red blooms every year at this time. This is not even my first post about them this year! But they do delight me. They herald the season, promise a joyful, relaxed summer and summer holiday, and provide a nice introduction to a new year full of hope. This year, perhaps more than any other year, hope and joy is both necessary, and appreciated.

Another in the Thursday Tree Love series – find all the other bloggers doing it here.

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