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

Here’s my entry for the 2 things challenge,  it feels like forever since I last entered! That is not a reflection on the group at all rather a reflection of an photographer who lost her mojo! Do the Pohutakawa trees tower OVER the bach, or does the bach shelter UNDER the trees?

Some say theres not that is more “kiwi” than the iconic Kiwi bach other than the kiwi itself! Many generations of one family enjoy holidays at the beach in the old family bach (said batch…good old english language for you!) picnicing on the beach and enjoying the water. A bach providing a simple dwelling to retreat to at the end of a long and enjoyable day. Board games on the deck, eating from plastic plates. Rest and recreation, that is the life!

Check out the 2 things challenge blog here…http://2thingsphotochallenge.blogspot.com/

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