I’m never sure if this is rata or pohutukawa – as I always believed we didn’t get pohutukawa in Canterbury – and the tree I photographed does not look ‘stemmy’ like the pohutukawa trees I see in Wellington (it’s quite bushy and compact). Whatever it actually is, it’s beautiful. I snapped this one on a Mt Pleasant hill looking down onto the estuary (you can make out one of the Norfolk Pines). Today has been a stunning day – lovely blue sky, nice and warm but with a pleasant wind blowing (well I find it pleasant – but I know not everyone likes the Nor’Wester!).