03 April 2015

Rata, No. 1 Line track

The most spectacular of New Zealand's rata are those that eventually become large — sometimes giant — trees, like the Northern rata. But smaller species of rata (this is probably Metrosideros diffusa) grow in profusion in many of our forests, and even when they're not flowering they're lovely to look at.

This photograph is dedicated to the memory of Raewyn Hilliard, who passed away last Saturday — the day I photographed this. It's thanks to the generosity of Raewyn and her husband, Kerry, in granting access over their land, that we're able to enjoy the No. 1 Line track.

All content © 2015 Pete McGregor


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Pete,
Tara and I stayed at Songbird Gardens many times. I always enjoyed talking with her especially about the surrounding Ruahine. Her love for the area was palpable. When I mentioned I might like to climb up the No. 1 Line track on our first visit but had not brought any proper gear except my boots she appeared at the door of the cottage a bit later with a kitted out pack and a bit of food for a day walk. That meant a lot. A truly lovely couple. Was sad to hear the news of her passing.

pohanginapete said...

Kia ora Robb. Yes, sad news. I can't imagine ever walking the track without remembering her.