On a stroll around the foreshore of Opua in the far north of New Zealand I came across this ancient
Pohutukawa tree situated only a matter of about 8ft
from the shore. It would be quite a few hundred years old and would have definitely been a large
tree before the first European settlers arrived.
The Pohutukawa is also known as the NZ Christmas tree as it always flowers in late November through to January. The flowers are bright red needles in clusters.
Scattered around the base of this tree and on the bank to the left are ladder ferns.
I named this picture ’ Hobbit Country ’ as anyone who has seen the ’ Lord of the Rings ’ movies can attest to.
A double exposure with my daughter and an old
Pohutukawa tree can be seen here