I saw several of these plants at Westhaven Marina recently and can’t figure out whether they are out-of-season Pohutukawa, or a similar species that flowers (much) later.
Either way, they provided cheerful little bursts of red along the marina’s boardwalk.
Surrounded by the accumulated junk of a life lived so long in the same place, I’m beginning to feel a little besieged.
This has been my week for house-cleaning; emptying cupboards and drawers, un-stacking shelves and generally fossicking around to bring into the light stuff that we have acquired during our almost 16 year tenure in this house.
And oh my, there is a lot of it.
I’ve sorted clothes, books, business records, photographs, ‘spare’ crockery and glassware; I even ventured into the very back of the top shelf of the cupboard in the hall (after which I can say that, come the apocalypse, we’re sorted for tea-lights, plastic containers and wine glasses)!
While it is incredibly satisfying to reduce clutter, reclaim space and generally take a weight off the house’s foundations, I have been so engrossed in my task that I’ve hardly ventured outside.
So this week my contribution to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge is a single shot of a pincushion flower; chosen to remind me that its ok to have a lot of something (in this case petals), as long as all the individual elements work harmoniously together.
I still think I can cull the tea-lights though.