When the sun came out on Friday afternoon last week I stopped the car by the Pauatahanui Inlet with my camera in the hope that I would catch some photos.
Several birds flew away at my approach so I began to trudge back to the car when this partly uprooted tree caught my eye.
It is a Brush Wattle or Stink Bomb tree.
Brush Wattle is not a true wattle and it is considered a pest here in New Zealand. The seeds from the tree when crushed let off a vile and pungent smell that most children know about and enjoy annoying adults with.
The sun was illuminating the trunk of the Stink Bomb tree and dramatically showing the Tapa cloth like patterns on the smooth bark.