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!

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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