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New Zealand: more from Cathedral Cove

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A year and a day ago today we visited Cathedral Cove on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you how some massive pōhutukawa trees, Metrosideros excelsa, clung to the cliffs there. The picture above reminds me of a Chinese landscape painting. The photograph below shows how some new pōhutukawa trees were (and no doubt still are) making a go of it on an adjacent cliff.

And here’s an additional look at the interesting textures on a part of the cliff adjacent to another pōhutukawa:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 8, 2018 at 4:55 AM

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  1. I think the comparison to a Chinese landscape painting is very apt.


    March 8, 2018 at 8:43 PM

  2. […] a shallow pool formed by water falling from the top of the cliff high above (the second picture in yesterday’s post gives you a sense of how high up that was). The bird was near the edge of the pool, away from the […]

  3. Looking at the first photo, I wondered if anyone has grown pōhutukawa as a bonsai. As for the second, I’d surely title it “Falling.” The long, vertical swaths of rock, and the pendulous growth of the plant near the bottom create for me a sense of movement, as though the whole scene is being poured out by an artist’s invisible hand. Maybe I need more coffee.

    The last photo’s a neat complement to the one you recently showed of the contrasting, pock-marked rock next to smooth. Here, it’s smooth rock combined with protruding bits. I love the little guy at the top, toward the left: the one with the pointed nose and round, black eye.


    March 9, 2018 at 7:23 AM

    • Now there would be a David and Goliath story for you: making a bonsai of the mighty pōhutukawa.

      In the next day’s post I alluded to this post’s second photograph, with its “long, vertical swaths of rock” serving as clues to the cliff’s height.

      Happy pareidolia to you for “the little guy at the top,” whom I hadn’t seen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2018 at 4:39 PM

  4. I thought, too, that it reminded me of a Chinese painting. It is a very elegant and beautiful series of photos.


    March 21, 2018 at 9:48 AM

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