Although these beauties are considered the 'NZ Christmas Tree', they don't usually bloom in Taranaki until after the first of the year. This spring and summer have been quite dry, though, and I'm sure that has had an effect on their blooming cycle for them to start blooming a bit earlier than usual.
I adore the scenery in Taranaki. Even after 9 years, I still giggle to myself when I realized that public roads in NZ are sometimes just dirt trails. We went to Lake Rotorangi yesterday and these are some of the sights. We captured a hawk that had just grabbed a rabbit.
He then flew off to a field to eat it and gave us a dirty look before we drove off.
This is the Tangahoe Valley Road Tunnel. Click here for some interesting history.
There wasn't enough water to keep the roots clinging to the hillside and the grass and weeds peeled off like wallpaper,
Sadly, this is what possums do to the native trees.
This house on the lake looks like a great place to spend the summer.
The swallows have been hanging around the house for a while and I love seeing them perched on the wire across the front
yard garden. I've never seen two sitting this closely before--it must be love!
They are usually spaced like these two. Is it me or do they always look angry??