A walk in the bush

Jun 19th, 2013 | By | Category: News

Strolling slowly through Pukemokemoke one uncovers a treasure trove of loveliness.  Annette Taylor and David Riddell took their camera and gumboots for an outing at the reserve.

First on the track was a baby kahikatea, glistening in the sun:

baby kahikatea

Two paces beyond was a delicate mahoe leaf, with fungi nearby:

fungi and mahoe leaf

Lichen and fungi thrive in the damp environment:

lichen

fungi

We make it to the lookout:

lookout

And this is why it’s called lookout – swooping fantails at 3 o’clock! Time to duck:

fantail

Metrosiderus perforata is doing just fine, thank you very much:

Metrosideros perforata

And then, more fungi, of many shapes and colours, to delight the eye:

oysert fungi

orange fungi

giant puffball

Finally, we were down and said hello (and goodbye) to a rewarewa who one day will be a fine tall chap:

rewarewa shoot

Thanks Friends of Pukemokemoke, for all the grand and marvellous work you do.  It truly is a little bit of paradise.

sign

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9 Comments to “A walk in the bush”

  1. alan leadley says:

    wonderful pictures!. I will have to change my ways and instead of panoramic shots, get down closer to the earth where its all happening it seems- birth, new life, death, decomposition!
    Alan

  2. chris says:

    beautiful love all of those tiny plant surprises

  3. One looks forward to said small surprises burgeoning across the face of the surrounding area, replacing the green desert with what should be there

  4. Lesley says:

    Love those shots! Well done!

  5. Jan Nixon says:

    Amazing photos 😀

  6. Claudia Aalderink says:

    Very nice Annette!!! Love Pukemokemoke!

    X Claudia

  7. Judy says:

    Lovely to look at those photos again Annette and David, always something new to see in them.
    What has happened to those fungi shaped something like a half moon grey in colour that grew on tree trunks (when I was a child) and my mum said the Chinese used to use them for making soup

    • number8network says:

      Possibly oyster mushrooms, Judy? David says you see them from time to time – I will keep an eye out!

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