Women on the land

Women on the land

I didn’t expect to be putting up a post in celebration of growth at this time of the year, but after my weekend at Earthtalk, I’ve returned with many images of amazing productivity from a block of well-loved and well-tilled land. Everything has been done...
Awhitu birds

Awhitu birds

I’ve just had a relaxing weekend on the Awhitu Peninsula, staying on the organic small holding of my friends Tanya and Charmaine. There, the skies are big, the peace immense, and the bird life plentiful. On their land they made a small pond, which attracts many...
Singing bird tree

Singing bird tree

The flame tree takes me by the hand and leads me into winter, saying ‘It’s OK. I’ll be there to warm you through the coldest of days. I’ll be flaring brightly, no matter what.’The flame tree makes the transition so comforting. Its scarlet...
Sails in the sunlight

Sails in the sunlight

On the threshold of winter, we have been blessed with sun-warmed days. As I came home from my walk in the sun yesterday, suddenly the boats glided across the strip of sea in front of me, their sails caught by the light. Even when the clouds moved across the sky, still...
Shedding

Shedding

Everywhere I look, plants are shedding. Ivy on a wall is now bare of leaves, but sticks out these little red clusters that may be seeds, or empty pods perhaps. In the afternoon sun, they are like assertions of life, even as the rest of the plant turns brown. Nikau...
Oh for a garden!

Oh for a garden!

 The biggest sacrifice of living in an apartment is not having a garden. I’ve always loved the rhythm of stepping outside to pull weeds, observe new growth, pick flowers to bring inside, and rake up leaves. As a writer, tending a garden provides the perfect...
Watching the melia

Watching the melia

May 18 It all happened pretty fast. There’s nothing like a good wind storm to shake the trees and reduce them to naked branches. Only three weeks ago, the melia tree outside my window looked as if its leaves would hold on forever. April 27 For sure, they were...
Lemons to the rescue

Lemons to the rescue

‘Have you got about twenty lemons?’ asked the neighbour who had just knocked on my door. Fortunately I did. The lemon grove here at my apartment block is heavy with a new crop. My neighbour had seen the window open, and could smell fumes from the car park. Even though...
Leaves a-turning

Leaves a-turning

Even evergreen native trees change colour and shed some leaves. Karaka leaves were falling on the paths when I was last at the bach. With them I made this circle, a wheel for the turning season as it moves into the dark segment of the...
Of purple & pohutukawas

Of purple & pohutukawas

The swamp turns purple on the threshold of winter. In autumn it flushes russet, but as winter approaches the colours change. If I remember rightly, Van Gogh saw shadows as purple. We are now entering that time of year when the shadows lengthen, sculpting the...
The two-sided tree

The two-sided tree

The flame tree, that I watch through the seasons, has become two trees. On the east, its leaves are slowly turning yellow and becoming more sparse. I photograph this side of the tree in the morning, when the sun catches its leaves. But on the other side, which...