The Fallen Ones

In a rather optimistic move this afternoon I put on my jacket and hood and went out to get some photos of the fallen trees near my home. The wind was still blustery and the wind chill factor meant outdoors it was below freezing so my trip outside was very short lived.

This Silver Dollar Gum crashed to the ground across the road from our home around 8pm as the storm really took hold and somehow we heard the sound of chainsaws over the raucous din of the roaring wind. An emergency crew had been called as this large tree had fallen across the road blocking each lane.
Sometime around 1am when I had finally fallen asleep more chain saw men turned up and cut up more of this tree perhaps after the gale had moved some of the bulk out on to the road again.

This Taupata was trimmed by the City Council last year because it is on Reserve land. They had left it a rather vulnerable shape and that plus its age and the terrific winds saw it split off at the base. The remaining branch looks potentially rotten so this tree may well disappear completely. The Council might plant another native in its place on the Reserve.


This is the really sad victim of the storm. It is the large Protea tree that I posted about here.

It has been a Tui meal table for months now. I can sit and watch this tree and the activities of the Tuis.

But the rain that has fallen all week has saturated the ground and that plus the top heavy shape of this tree and the violent wind has caused it to break off at ground level. I doubt that it can be recovered from here.
I note in this photo that I have captured a Tui in the tree and they are still visiting it to enjoy the nectar but it is a vastly different tree now and so sad to see.


20 thoughts on “The Fallen Ones

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I have loved watching the Tuis in the Protea tree and it is a vital source of food for them. I will have to hope the Bottle Brush shrubs burst forth for them.
      My daughter opted to stay in town with a friend which was very wise. She got home earlier today safe and sound!

      1. ordinarygood Post author

        Tuis are very resourceful. There is a Banksia tree next to the fallen Protea so perhaps they will visit that. The red flowering gums are still standing but I cannot see those easily.

  1. Juliet

    Lynley, there has been so much damage, and it’s especially sad to see the protea tree go. You will miss it a lot.

  2. Forest So Green

    You really did lose a lot of trees and I am glad that everyone is safe. I hope some new trees will planted.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      The sound of chainsaws dominates the air today. We live in an area with lots of trees and the damage has been widespread sadly. New Zealanders are very keen on planting trees:-)

  3. Leanne

    Was a pretty wild storm, no damage up our way – but friends in Aotea had no power right up until late last night. Sad to see the Protea didn’t make it.
    Love Leanne

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I know what you mean about the “like” button not explaining things! Trees down are a real loss. We are keen on trees in New Zealand and I’m sure new ones will be planted.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks. The Protea is across the road on the neighbour’s berm. I doubt she will replace it but I might be wrong. The Protea has been there for the 24 years we have lived here. I would like to put up a sugar-water feeder for the Tuis but would it blow away?

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I was really sad to see the Protea lying on the ground. I’m not sure whether our neighbour will replace it. Protea can be tricky plants to establish. We have no room in our garden.

      And I don’t think our largest Kowhai tree is going to make it either and that was a Tui eating spot in spring and very close to our house. We have three other Kowhais in the back garden that have really grown since the drought (!) broke…..Fingers crossed they continue to grow.

  4. greenmackenzie

    Oh Im always so sad to see a tree die before its time. All that biodiversity wiped out in the blink of a stormy eye. That Protea tree looks like an amazing species…..what a shame it fell victim to the high winds 😦

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I was so sorry to see the Protea down too. But today the owner has trimmed it right back and righted the central trunk so now we all wait to see if it sprouts and grows to feed the Tuis again. I have also spotted another Protea in her garden but the Tuis don’t seem to visit it yet…

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      It is sad and I’ve just seen many many more turned into matchsticks from this storm. We are keen on trees here so people will replant where it is safe to do so.


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