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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!

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We stopped on the side of the road to catch some views. Autumn willows in the distance, the plains stretching out and the mountains beyond. The husband snapped this tree from the car. I confess that I am a little annoyed that it is better than mine! The light was perfect in the autumn afternoon. This tree, an exotic species from Europe, has made its home in the Mackenzie Country in our South Island. With hot summers, and freezing winters, it probably feels quite at home, though maybe rather lonely sitting there all on its own. Still, it made me smile.

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

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Wellington, my city, is filled with native trees, the large majority of which are evergreen. But I grew up in the South Island, where years of colonisation and farming have ensured that rivers are lined with willows, poplars are used as windbreaks, and autumn colours are everywhere. But it has been 35 years since I moved to Wellington, so I had forgotten how gorgeous autumn can be in the south. I’d even forgotten when autumn occurred there, and had expected to miss the autumn colours on our trip south last month. But I didn’t.

Whilst I love the poplars, the willows were my favourite. They now adorn the header of this blog, as you can see. I was just so happy every time I saw them.

Whilst our natural lakes and fjords are mostly lined with native trees (future tree posts), this isn’t always the case in more arid areas, or with artificial lakes, where willows are often planted on the shore’s edge. At least, I think they are willows. Who cares? They’re beautiful.

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

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