My New Zealand Summer

Quiet Saturday morning stroll with Dog

The forest walk like the back of my hand –known and loved and part of me

This time of year – the best of summer – expectation of sunshine and heat

As we walk I breathe in the sights and sounds, the smells, the feel of Summer

The feel: overwhelming at times, an almost impenetrable fortress of heat

Hits me in the face, until trees create a welcome tepid shadow

Interspersed on occasion with only the gentlest zephyr to cool my sweat

The smells: Pleasant smells of native forest and introduced pine sometimes mixed

with the aroma of gums – a fragrance, a spice, delightful scent not taken for granted

Too soon replaced when summer gives way to autumn

The sights: Ten thousand shades of green and brown, bright light and shadow

Trees, and sky of boldest blue, streams and rocks; leaves and grasses and gentle fronds

Flitting fantails delight in the dance; heavy kereru startle the unsuspecting;

Tuis sing from treetops then swoop on by in search of another, a better perch

The sounds: Ubiquitous music of summer tinnitus – the constant din

Deafening intensity of happy cicadas doing what happy cicadas do

One man’s tinnitus is another man’s chorus


23 thoughts on “My New Zealand Summer

  1. Love these photos, I can almost smell the NZ bush and the fresh air! I have had a shuffle around of my scheduled posts for “You inspire me” and the 2nd post you inspired with your kind suggestions is post #114 . Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. I am sitting here in New Jersey and it is 15 degrees and the wind is howling and blowing snow around. Your post took me from this cold place to a a space of warmth and beauty. What a gifted descriptive writer you are and the photos are a wonderful bonus to accompany your words.

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  3. Summer seems so far away for us in the Northern hemisphere! I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful posting as it reminded me that it is green somewhere. With the temp at 8F and ground frozen/snow-covered. I think I need to find some green. Thank you so much for posting.

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  4. Lovely. I am on a lonely beach in Mexico trying to stave off the winter blues for a few days. It never ceases to amaze me that it’s winter here and summer where you are. I’ll get there some spring, I think.

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  5. Ah, missing the summer now that winter has decided to show up where I am. Everything is so much more alive in the summer, I love the winter silence but sometimes I long for the buzz of life.

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    1. I hear you! I love the silence and solitude of winter (because it’s a choice) but have so enjoyed this summer and being amongst it and enjoying the forests, the buzz and the insect & bird life doing their stuff and just that sense of life. I can so relate. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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