A belated seasons greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all who stumble across this blog or to those who actually follow it. This is New Zealand’s Christmas tree, the pohutukawa. It bursts into brilliant red flowers around Christmas. You’ll find these wonderful, old, gnarled trees along the coastline of the upper North Island, sometimes hanging precariously to seaside cliffs. They are my favourite New Zealand tree. This young tree was shot at Christmas at Taipa Bay in the far north of New Zealand, with my family wondering onto the beach. Hope your year turns out to be as colourful as this tree!