Thursday, 20 September 2012


In Maori (or more correctly, in Te Reo) the word for yellow is kowhai.

The name of this New Zealand tree is kowhai.

We are lucky enough to have kowhai growing close to the house. This spring the flowers seem to be even more abundant than usual.

This week some tui are making themselves at home in the tree. They adore the nectar of the kowhai flower..

The tui (the Europeans dubbed it the Parson Bird because of its white collar) has a very melodious song. It mimics the bellbird, adding its own tweaks and creaks.

The flowers drop on to the lawn, making a bit of a mess, caking the soles of shoes.

Soon the yellow will be gone again. Until this time next year.


Helen Lowe said...

Beautiful, Kay!

Kay Cooke said...

Thanks Helen, your kind acknowledgement is appreciated.

J.T. Webster said...

Wow! Some truly awesome photos here!

Kay Cooke said...

Thanks Sue, it was one of those golden moments! So to speak.

Penelope said...

A gorgeous tree and inhabitant skilfully captured.

Kay Cooke said...

Thanks Pen :)

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