Pohutukawa - just hanging on........! by Roy  Massicks

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This Pohutukawa hangs precariously by it’s roots to the cliff face. I wanted this tree in full flower but a storm was due so I took the photograph the day before. Lucky that I did as it lost most of its blooms.
Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Panasonic, LUMIX – GH2 at 25mm, 14×140 lens, 1/125, f/8, iso 160, manual.
From a single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.2


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    Great timing, Roy. Not to mention great shot of a remarkable scene. So striking… glad you got it!

  • Thank you kindly Sheila – appreciate your great comment and favourite. Each year I wonder if it will hang in there but it’s been there for a few hundred years so I suppose it will be there for a few more….!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekalmost 2 years ago

    Terrific shot Roy … glad you caught some of the blooms before the storm but the roots are what fascinate me ~ isn’t nature terrific!

  • I so agree with you Susie – there are quite a few of these trees on the foreshore which have fantastic root systems. Thank you for your lovely comment.

    – Roy Massicks

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Roy!

  • Thank you so much Roy – both for your great comment and favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rita Blom
    Rita Blomalmost 2 years ago

    A Fantastic image Roy. A tree’s tenacity has always impressed me. This wonderful tree is certainly hanging on for dear life.
    Congratulations on your capture.

  • Many thanks for your kind comments Rita – it amazes me too that they can hang on for hundreds of years !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfalmost 2 years ago

    Outstanding composition Roy.

  • Thank you so much Colin both for your great comment and favourite.

    – Roy Massicks

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    Amazing tree, well spotted

  • Thank you kindly Kala – it is a very tenacious tree !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Rita Blom
    Rita Blomalmost 2 years ago

    I didn’t realize they lived as long as that Roy, bit like our ubiquitous Eucalyptus, 4 Red Gums in our paddocks must have been here well over 200 years. They say that when you link arms around the trunk of the tree you can tell how many years old by how many adults it takes to meet around the other side. Yep we tried it when we first bought the place. I often wonder what stories they could tell us about the people who were here before. Some of the old fencing we pulled out was very old.

  • Yes, I quite agree with you Rita. Our Pohutukawa were around when the Maori arrived in their Waka’s.
    I would also love to know what tales they are keeping !

    – Roy Massicks

  • aussiedi
    aussiedi7 months ago

    Boy this is certainly just hanging in there..A great capture Roy..Im wondering if you were just hanging on also, or if you were on flat land..

  • Thank you for your lovely comment Di. I was on the beachfront so nice and flat. I’m well past hanging on to cliff faces……..lol !

    – Roy Massicks

  • billfox256
    billfox2562 days ago

    The tenacity of this tree in awesome. It is a real beauty!!! Bill

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