Hobbit country by Roy  Massicks

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


  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Excellent catch, Roy! I think Hobbit Country suits the picture perfectly!

  • Thanks David – they did use forest very similar to this in the film.

    – Roy Massicks

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 4 years ago

    What an awesome tree Roy, it looks old and imagine the stories it holds.

  • Would love to know what it knows Andrea.

    – Roy Massicks

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Sarnia.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

    I can totally see a Hobbit living in that tree!!! Fantastic capture!! Just lovely!!!

  • Yes, they are fascinating looking trees Deborah.I have one on my bubble page of a deliberate double exposure of my daughter when she was 13 and one of these trees. Lovely when in flower.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroover 4 years ago

    Great lines, color, lighting & texture!
    FABULOUS comp!
    Great eye!

  • Thank you for your comments Lacey. These trees have always fascinated me, the way they start to look pre-historic with age.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    Great title to a great photo!

  • Thanks you Colin for your comments. I love the NZ bush.

    – Roy Massicks

    MASSICKSover 4 years ago

    Excellent double exposure Roy, skills on the up and up.

    Bob M.

  • Thanks Bob – I actually took that one a long time ago.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful subject and capture. Congratulations on your features

  • Thank you Glenn – this is a beautiful area to live in.

    – Roy Massicks

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