|Sunrise from Fred's Camp|
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The water was mesmerising too. What these photos don't show is that Rakiura / Stewart Island has had a wet summer. The continuing rain storms thwarted our tramping plans but as often happens changing plans led to some new opportunities.
Unable to tramp further, we had more time to look around at the vegetation. The late summer meant that the Southern rata Metrosideros umbellata was still flowering
|Rata at the water's edge|
|New rata leaves|
|Colours and textures of the bush|
|White rata flowers|
|Mutton bird scrub|
|Green bird orchid|
and the odd-leaved orchid Aporostylis bifolia was not far away.
Further information: Stewart Island Plants by Hugh Wilson is one of New Zealand's best plant guides and is useful not just for Stewart Island as many of the plants occur across New Zealand.
In my next blog - kiwi sightings on Rakiura...