Well, I’ve been back in New Zealand for almost two weeks, and it’s way past time that I send a report. Most of my time has been taken up with family matters, especially handyman stuff for our daughters, but we have managed to program one wonderful morning hike into the bush in the Cascade Kauri Park in the Waitakere (pronounced y-tackery) ranges, a drive of only a bit less than an hour’s drive to the west of Auckland.
plants that were still in the shade. We didn’t have a lot of time, as we had a lunch appoint- ment for which we needed to be punctual, and we wanted to complete one of the small paths rather than exploring part of it and then returning back the way we’d come.
[In the photo above, the wonderful green & purple leaves belong to a plant commonly called parataniwha or New Zealand begonia (Elatostema rugosum) and the elegant tan frond had fallen from what we think is a brown fern (Dicksonia squarrosa).]
So I had to curtail several of my photo impulses, but I tried to make the best use of the hour or so that we had without holding us back. This will be, unfortunately, a short trip, less than 2½ weeks, and is the first time in about 20 years that I’ve been here in winter.