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:
Two paces beyond was a delicate mahoe leaf, with fungi nearby:
Lichen and fungi thrive in the damp environment:
We make it to the lookout:
Metrosiderus perforata is doing just fine, thank you very much:
And then, more fungi, of many shapes and colours, to delight the eye:
Finally, we were down and said hello (and goodbye) to a rewarewa who one day will be a fine tall chap:
Thanks Friends of Pukemokemoke, for all the grand and marvellous work you do. It truly is a little bit of paradise.
- This story was first published on June 19 2013