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Guard of Honour – 9/365

February 9th, 2018: Just over a year ago my father passed away. A couple of weeks ago, on the first anniversary of his funeral, some of the family gathered at a local cemetery to bury his ashes and place flowers by the newly laid plaque. We now have two reasons to visit the cemetery as my husband’s late wife was also buried here almost twenty years ago. We returned today with fresh flowers for both their graves.

The tree-lined entrance / exit to the cemetery provides an archway over us as we arrive and leave, like a guard of honour. It’s particularly beautiful in the spring as the flowering cherries are laden with pink blossom and multitudes of tui enjoying the nectar.


9/365 – Guard of Honour. Nikon D7000, edited with Lightroom.



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Autumn Glory

Recently, over a family dinner, we were talking about photography and what to do with the photos we’d taken. Digital photography (for me) over the last 10 years+ has led to many unsorted photos being stored on my computer and rarely shared with anyone, which defeats the purpose of photographing. I want to share what I see with other people!

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Summer Flowers

I love the colourful lushness of flowering trees and plants here at this time of year. It makes me appreciate again how things grow and flower, cycling through the seasons with little or no intervention from us (we are not gardeners!). Some of the following are growing in our garden, others seen while driving around town; all photographed on the last day of 2012.




Jacaranda & church steeple




Pink silk tree (aka Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin)




Pohutukawa flowers




Australian frangipani


New Years Eve sky



A Late Spring

Back in July I posted about the various trees on our section (Trees I Have Known), ending with a couple of photos of a flowering cherry – prunus amanogawa. At that time it was bare;  it flowered recently so I thought a follow-up post was in order.

Flowering cherry on a grey day a couple of weeks ago

Flowering cherry – a closer look

Cherry leaves (the tree is staked)

Blue skies and sunshine yesterday – no tuis so far