First off, I discovered that the white blotch I could see from the lounge wasn't a bit of lichen, it was a mass of puawānanga, Clematis paniculata, the native clematis. In going for a closer look, I realised that blackberry vines were everywhere so went back for my camera and some secateurs.
Continuing around the boundary, I came across a number of tutukiwi or greenhood orchids, one of the Pterostylis species - I'll keep an eye on them and put up some photos when they are flowering.
|Heaps of young tutukiwi|
|Can you see the bamboo orchid towards the top of the photo?|
|Kamahi on the left, ?rimu trunk in the middle|
|Another coprosma but with a very different flower arrangement|
I came across several deposits of whitetail poo out in the wetland area where the clematis was flowering - I guess there's new grass shoots in amongst the blackberry.
Think about slowing down on your next walk - I'd love to hear what you find :)