As Christmas draws near Wellington empties out as all the university students go elsewhere, parents take their school age kids away on holiday and government workers go on leave too.
The weather remains totally unpredictable — last week we had two consecutive summer days with sunshine and high temperatures and now we’re back to overcast, cool and fog.
But now too one of my favourite trees turns Wellington red: the pohutukawa. The flowers gradually appear on tree after tree and then the red stamens coat cars and footpaths and gutters.
I love the tangled trunks of the trees.
And I love the size of the mature trees — how they form a canopy over footpath and road alike.
The matted aerial roots are fascinating, hanging down in big clumps.
For ten or eleven months of the year these majestic trees are simply green, but as summer gets into gear they break out their festive red to help us celebrate, and it’s delightful.
Note: I’d like to thank Oshi and Sasha for standing still long enough to let me get some halfway decent shots of these trees in Oriental Bay, Wellington. I’d also like to thank the Lynda.com photography course, The Traveling Photographer: Fundamentals, that made me stop and ask myself why I wanted to take photos of these trees before I even lined up a single shot. Without that check I would have simply taken the first shot and stopped there, without looking at any detail.