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New Zealand: green is the color of Riccarton Bush

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A year ago today we visited Riccarton Bush in Christchurch.

As you can see, the place is heavily shaded. The green of and on the dense vegetation predominates.

If you’d like to read more about the history of this area, click the image of the plaque and it will enlarge; then click again and you should be able to make out the words.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 1, 2018 at 4:40 AM

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  1. This is great dear Steve, loved so much, especially the shadow pattern fascinated me. Thank you, Love, nia


    March 1, 2018 at 5:28 AM

    • Thanks for letting me know you like the shadow pattern. I added that picture not long before the post went out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 1, 2018 at 6:31 AM

  2. Can’t believe it’s been a year. It would have been lovely at Riccarton Bush today, too.


    March 1, 2018 at 6:22 AM

  3. Great post Steve. I love all the images. I enlarged and read the info on the Riccarton Bush plaque, and it’s amazing how well documented is the history of New Zealand, and how environmentally aware they are of the effects of colonization by the Europeans. Nevertheless, I am sure they now protect their native forests and natural resources very well. I would definitely visit New Zealand after reading your posts. I have second thoughts about Australia though. Australia seems too heavily industrialized, unlike New Zealand.


    March 1, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    • I read that New Zealand’s independence from Britain has been gained gradually rather than all at once and that in 2000s New Zealand became independent from Britain. However, listen to this: Queen Elizabeth II is still the country’s official head of state!!!


      March 1, 2018 at 7:36 AM

      • I see now they have the same conflicts all colonized countries have. They deal with the same issues colonization always brings, although they’ve managed to keep the country much less industrialized with their self-government compared to their other British counterparts.


        March 1, 2018 at 7:59 AM

      • Right, but only as a figurehead.

        Steve Schwartzman

        March 1, 2018 at 9:05 AM

        • I just looked up the other meaning of ‘figurehead’ and it says: “a nominal leader or head without real power.” That’s really interesting as it


          March 1, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    • Let’s hope these posts do lead to your visiting New Zealand. I’ve been encouraging many people to go. Even after two trips, there are so many places worth seeing that we didn’t get to see.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 1, 2018 at 9:19 AM

  4. It was interesting to read that the cabbage palm was a favored food source. And the description of the clever tui made me think of a cockatiel I once knew; he could whistle “Yankee Doodle,” and was given to spreading his wings and crying, “I’m an eagle!”

    I especially like the shadows of the leaves. Sometimes I see the background as a tree trunk, and sometimes as the ground itself. As for all that green — well, it took all of two seconds for this to come to mind.


    March 1, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    • Regarding your link, I couldn’t help asking myself whether the ’60s ever really happened. That era seems so unlikely to me now. Did we really live through it?

      The tui has a remarkable call. I’ve never heard anything similar, like a magic flute. As for your cockatiel, it seems to have had delusions of grandeur.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 1, 2018 at 9:15 AM

      • There are some nice recordings of the tui here. Any of the Matthew Medler recordings seem good to me; they begin in the fourth row down.


        March 1, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    • I like how your mind works, Linda, and in only two seconds! I haven’t heard anything of/from them in a very long time. Thanks! 🙂


      March 1, 2018 at 10:20 PM

  5. Very cool shot of the shadows on the trunk!
    The green in the 2nd shot is vivid! I was going to say, livid, but luckily looked it up, and realized that would be the wrong color, although I have seen bruises turn greenish with time.

    Robert Parker

    March 1, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    • If you’d called the color in the second picture livid, that’s what you’d have made a lexicographer.

      The fern shadows on the trunk fascinated me but I had trouble getting a good picture. Of the ones I took, this was the only one I considered presentable.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 1, 2018 at 12:31 PM

  6. I love the pattern on the tree trunk. We have a lot of greenery here too, except at the moment everything is a shade of white 😦 And in reference to one of the comments, NZ isn’t totally without problems regarding its ‘green’ credentials. A NZ blogger I follow is very cynical about some of its policies.


    March 1, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    • You’re the third person to single out the shadows on the tree trunk. I’m glad I added it to the post as an afterthought.

      I looked through a bunch of the posts at the blog you linked to but didn’t find anything about problems with “green” credentials. Did you have a specific post in mind?

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 1, 2018 at 12:37 PM

  7. Nice post.

    Sherry Felix

    March 1, 2018 at 6:17 PM

  8. Steve, these are all gorgeous. My favorite is the fern shadow play on the tree trunk. I feels calming to view it.


    March 1, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    • You’re the fourth person to mention those fern shadows, Lynda, and the first to say you find them calming. It’s good to hear.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 1, 2018 at 11:28 PM

  9. Love that ‘shadow drawing’, and the 2nd pic somehow reminds me of The Incredible Hulk 🙂


    March 2, 2018 at 8:06 AM

    • The shadows have it: you’re the fifth to mention them, and the first to speak of “shadow drawing.”
      I had to look up The Incredible Hulk to confirm that he’s green, which definitely fits in with Riccarton Bush.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2018 at 8:33 AM

  10. thanks for including the poster!! very informative!

    Christina Mild

    March 2, 2018 at 12:59 PM

  11. So much gorgeous green! Wonderful images Steve 🙂


    March 6, 2018 at 4:15 AM

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