Trees


 

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Not a hobbit or faerie in sight…but it was fun looking:)

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

I took these photo’s on my Pohutakawa walk along the beach at Memorial Park.

I’m not sure what the fuzzy, brown moss is growing on the rocks but I can atleast identify the shells as being mussels and the green seaweed as being sea-lettuce. I found a few jelly-fish too.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

It was quite amazing walking under the trees, my feet making squishy footprints and the birds flitting about above me. It was very peaceful and serene, almost like another world far away from the city!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

As I mentioned in yesterdays post the summer school holidays have just started and the kids are now home until Feb 04 09!  As  a kid I remember lovely days at the beach, hours playing in the water and climbing Pohutakawa trees and picnics! Hopefully we will be doing a lot of that these holidays too!

Off to try and catch up on what you have all been up too, my visits have been very sporadic of late and that’s not about to improve with only 5 sleeps left till CHRISTMAS!!! I’ll do my best though:)

 

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

It’s not hard to see why I love Pohutakawa Flowers so much!  These huge native trees are very common in coastal NZ and as they flower during the summer months they are often called “NZ’s Christmas Tree.”  It’s not just people who love Pohutakawa’s, the bees love them as the top photo shows and so do many species of birds and even Monarch Butterflies. It’s hard to imagine a  NZ without these trees and thanks to a law protecting them it’s not likely we’ll have too- anyone caugtht damaging theses trees, even pruning them without permission is in big trouble!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

This fountain is hard to miss and a magnet for kids who prefer fresh water to salt! It was the Pohutakawa flowers that drew me there today though, not the fountain! I took 103 photos today so as soon as I have sorted through them  I’ll be posting a selection here. They’re a truly spectacular tree and flower, native to NZ and it’s a great thrill to see them at this time of year bursting with life and summery-ness!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

I got the most wonderful surprise when I went to the pond last night! I was busy photographing the masses of wild daisies grouped around the waters edge (I don’t remember them being there last year) when my son alerted me to this mother duck and her 7 babies! I’m sure these are late ducklings, it’s very nearly December and I haven’t heared of Christmas Ducks before…however I was/am just so thrilled to see them. The last lot of ducklings disappeared even after their rescue from the drain.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

Father duck came over too.

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The debris that appears to be on the surface is actually a plant growing below the water. The bread we threw out seemed to gather here and while I was watching a piece of it disappeared before my eyes….I looked for a while and soon saw an eel sneakily rise up to the surface and help itself to the bread. I’m glad it left the ducklings alone!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2008

The lily pads provide good camoflage for the ducks and ducklings. There’s atleast 2 ducks in this photo. The other side of the pond is where the Pukeko’s live and they too have chicks there now. You can see a black bundle of fluff if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it. (Its midway down on the right hand side of the photo and nearly out of the shot…but it’s there!)

There are definitely Dragonfly’s there now too…big fat ones (and no they’re not damsels!) so I will be going back tomorrow when the kids are at school!

These Cabbage trees are common all over NZ although they seem to enjoy the realitvely warm climate of this area. The above photo shows the crazy looking flower it’s sprouts at this time of year and the photo below shows the orignal it was cropped from.

Kereru (NZ Woodpigeons) love the cabbage tree’s fruit. I found this on this blog on the internet which has some lovely photos of a Kereru having a great feed!

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