I've been picking photos from the archives for a few weeks because it's been rainy and cold, as it is most winters. Fortunately, the snow has stayed to the east and south of us,which doesn't hurt my feelings at all!
The reality is that New Zealand is green year round with the pine trees that are everywhere in Taranaki. We get many shades of green with the different types of trees, so I don't ever feel like winter has truly arrived. In my book, that's not a bad thing.
I love the macrocarpa trees, even though they aren't native to NZ. The seem to me to be fighters that keep growing even when the wind has torn the branches away.