This rock in Jenkins Bay, South Titirangi, has grown a fine winter coat.
July 24, 2016
April 29, 2016
November 7, 2015
The Black Tree Fern (Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris) has characteristic marks on the stem where stipes have broken off.
For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.
October 25, 2015
As the country goes wild after the win of the All Blacks over the Springboks, we offer a picture of relaxed calm…
Taken at the Auckland City Walk, an easy one hour amble through bush with birdsong all around you. This is the Waitakere Stream where it is joined by the Cascades Stream.
September 29, 2015
Spray bottles of trigene await the visitor to a bush walk in the Waitakeres (and some paths are closed to prevent contamination). In combination with brushes (not visible in the picture) this is a measure to prevent the spread of the Kauri dieback disease, a soil borne disease (Phytophthora taxon Agathis, PTA) which is seriously threatening our remaining stands of kauri, an iconic native tree (agathis australis).
- Clean your gear: remove soil before and after forest visits;
- Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
May 25, 2015
Looking down on lush growth of parataniwha and some golden-brown dead fern fronds along the way. (With a bonus puriri flower.)
March 15, 2015
Always a fascinating place for photography, the curve of the spillway of the Lower Nihotupu reservoir had a shadow treescape for a bonus. Water levels are down after our long dry summer (the Watercare website said 62% full over all storage, about 73% for this reservoir. Remnants of sea cloud brush the hills.
February 3, 2015
November 5, 2014
The Wineberry Tree (makomako, Aristotelia serrata) is a very common tree – endemic to New Zealand – of up to 10m height, presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges. Birds like the berries and help spread the seeds.
In the picture below, I also caught a four spined weevil (top right).
September 18, 2014
Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium) is a shrub or tree with leathery leaves. Presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges.