The pohutukawa, the New Zealand Christmas Tree, began to bloom in late November.
It was just last year I realized how many of the trees around me are pohutukawa, when they went into bloom just before Christmas.
I made sure to visit Albert Park in Auckland’s Central Business District for a look at the pohutukawa there. The one in full bloom below is a long time favorite tree to sit in whenever I have time to pass in the city.
The giant Santa is still there at the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets. He looks a lot better since his 2009 makeover, and decidedly less creepy since the removal of the winking eye and beckoning finger.
We’ve had a couple of hot days in December, but it hasn’t settled into a consistent summer yet. Today started looking a bit rainy, but the skies are now clear and blue, and we’re hoping the wind will die down a bit more. If it does, we’ll probably go for a walk on the coast, otherwise we might opt for the shelter of the bush.
The kiwi snow man is a great idea!
The Sky Tower is lit red and green for the holidays.
I wish you all very happy holidays!
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