Treasures of Pukemokemoke

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:

Photo of baby kahikatea

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

fungi and mahoe leaf photo

Lichen and fungi thrive in the damp environment:

lichen photo

fungi photo

We make it to the lookout:

lookout Pukemokemoke photo


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

Metrosideros perforata photo

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

oyster fungi photo

orange fungi

giant puffball photo

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

rewarewa shoot photo

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

Photo of pukemokemoke reserve


  • This story was first published on June 19 2013
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9 thoughts on “Treasures of Pukemokemoke

  • June 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    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!

    • June 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Yes, it’s a different world when your nose is pressed to the mud!

  • June 25, 2013 at 9:57 am

    beautiful love all of those tiny plant surprises

  • June 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

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

  • June 25, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Love those shots! Well done!

  • July 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Amazing photos 😀

  • April 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Very nice Annette!!! Love Pukemokemoke!

    X Claudia

  • July 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    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

    • July 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

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


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