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Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

This box is at the corner of Great North Road and View Road, Glendene (map). It shows pohutukawa blossom and other vegetation, and most conspicuously the tui.

The box is signed “Flox Trust Me”. Flox is a pseudonym for renowned stencil artist and designer Hayley King, and Trust Me (Ross Liew in real life) is a respected name in street art circles, some time ago he featured in a TV news item on murals.…

Northern Rata

Northern Rata

Northern Rata

Seen on the way to Piha, near the Karekare turnoff. It isn’t really their flowering season — but they are gorgeous.

Northern Rata (metrosideros robusta) is a relative of the Pohutukawa, with very similar flowers, Rata blossom being a brighter red.…

Autumn: Flounder Bay

Flounder Bay

Flounder Bay

Some gnarly pohutukawa trees rest on the mudstone flats of Flounder Bay, at the bottom of South Avondale Domain. The sun not quite strong enough to break through the mist that blows in from Manukau Harbour.…

Announcing Summer

Pohutukawa Blossom

Pohutukawa Blossom

Tomorrow marks the official beginning of summer. And of all the flowering plants, the pohutakawa signals it best. It’s often called the “New Zealand Christmas Tree”.…

The Tide is in

Pohutukawa Blossom

Pohutukawa Blossom

This time just a hint of a reflection, as we say goodbye to the beauty of the pohutukawa trees in bloom and remember a great holiday at Ngunguru on the Tutukaka coast, east of Whangarei.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.…

Walking the Dog

Pohutukawa Glade, Point Chevalier

Pohutukawa Glade, Point Chevalier

Point Chevalier’s Harbour View Reserve is a beautiful stand of mature pohutukawa trees, sloping down from the northern end of Harbour View Road to the beach. The open character of these trees gives a cathedral-like atmosphere.…

Roots

Pohutukawa Roots

Pohutukawa Roots

Pohutukawa trees thrive in coastal environments, but with the sea views come exposure to wind and weather, and sea: cliff faces can collapse under trees, and water can undermine the shore as in this example at Cornwallis beach: wave action has carved into the soil, exposing life underneath.…

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