The theme of this week’s photo challenge is Evanescent.

I’m going to be totally honest. I had no idea what that meant. My  first thought was of that band Evanescence, but I figured that wasn’t right. It took reading the definition a couple of times to finally figure out what photos I wanted to share.

e.v·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

So for my interpretation, I thought about Pohutukawa. For those not in New Zealand, the Pohutukawa is a native flower and a kiwi icon.

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During summer, the trees go into full bloom, the red flowers bring the promise of summer, and for us Christmas! Red and green are traditional Christmas colours, and who needs Christmas trees when you have Pohutukawa lining the streets.

My family often spends Christmas in the South Island, and in our grandparents front yard, they have a Pohutukawa tree.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen that tree not in bloom. Then again, we only ever visit in summer. Every year, we know we will see that tree. I love these flowers, the colour is so vibrant, and their association with summer and Christmas doesn’t hurt my opinion of them either.

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But too soon, the flowers fall on the ground, making somewhat of a mess. But decorating the ground with their colour. It’s a reminder  that summer is at an end, and soon it will be cold again.

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Then everything is back to just green, and we wait.


Wait for those red flowers to come back, reminding us of the arrival of summer.

That’s my interpretation for this week’s photo challenge. A moment in time that passes or disappears quickly. Evanescent.


  1. The post name is lovely. I love the word ‘evanescent’. It captures the essence of it so well, Angela. The Pohutukawa looks familiar. I keep thinking I have seen it in Calcutta but am I getting muddled in my flower memories? Quite possible. It is amazing how flowers remind us of places and moments and people 🙂 So I can relate to your Pohutukawa nostalgia. I long for the frangipani and bougainvillea blossoms that used to adorn my home in Calcutta xx

    1. It is a lovely word isn’t it? I hadn’t actually heard it before this challenge 🙂
      I think the Pohutukawa is one of a limited species that only grows in New Zealand. But I’m sure there are similar looking flowers out there. I love that you can related to this post 🙂 I’m sure most can, we all have something that reminds us of another time 😀

      1. Nostalgia in any form is so endearing. But faintly I do remember similar kind of flowers (like allium too) where they go dry and they dessicate thereafter. Maybe it is some long lost cousin of Pohutukawa 😉 If I can remember it any day, I shall surely tell you about it.

  2. Love those trees and wanted to bring one home from NZ…but your pictures bring me back there instead!

    1. Thank you for those kind words Leya! 😀

  3. I haven’t been to NZ, although it’s at the top of the list of places we’d like to go one day soon. What a lovely tree!


    1. Thanks Janet!! 😀 NZ is such a beautiful country 🙂

  4. They are so beautiful. Even after they fall down.

    1. Right? I love these flowers 🙂🙂

  5. Same with me I also have to check the dictionary for what the word mean.

    Such a beautiful tree, it’s nice that you get to see it every summer. 😊

    1. Thanks Janeth! It is such a beautiful sight! 😀

  6. Wow! I’m impressed with both the post and the tree! I don’t think I’ve seen this tree but I’d love to!

    1. Thanks Pamela! It’s a native NZ tree, so it only grows down here. We’re really proud of it! 😀

      1. You’re single handedly making me want to see NZ. Emerald Lakes and the Pohutukawa (I had to copy and paste it 😂) sound beautiful!

        1. Hahaha, good! There’s so much amazing and natural beauty over here 😀

  7. This is such a beautiful post Angela, with those pictures. And I’ve learned a new word💕

    1. Thanks Lee! It’s such a cool word isn’t it? 😄

      1. Yes! I’ll have to add it to one o my words of the week posts☺️

  8. Oh I like that interpretation… I was wondering what the heck it meant too haha. In Brisbane we have the same with the Jacaranda tree – apparently it blooms around the time that Uni students take their final exams. Going to get my thinking cap on for this one!

    1. Haha, thanks Sarah! I haven’t heard about the Jacaranda tree! 😀

      1. They’re gorgeous.. they flower an amazing colour of purple. In Brisbane we don’t get a lot of colour other than green so it’s a nice change haha.. here’s a post I did last year about the 🙂 https://kiwiontheloose.com/2016/10/24/jacaranda-hunting/

        1. Wow!! They’re gorgeous. The purple makes them really stand out 😀

      2. No worries 🙂 Actually I hadn’t either until I moved to Australia

    1. Thank you 🙂

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  10. Such gorgeous flowers and such a lovely blog post!! 😄😘 xx

    1. Thanks Amelia!

      1. It’s okay 😄💓 xx

  11. Such a beautiful and unique tree, that’s a great close up of the flower! It really is so sad seeing the beautiful trees fading away as the winter approaches. Every though the foliage here is beautiful its still depressing. I was feeling the same thing when you guys were going into summer and we were headed for winter lol its still so weird and cool how depending on the area you are you can have completely different seasons! I hope its a quick winter for you!

    xo, JJ

    1. It’s a really nice tree. It is a shame when you see them start to fall. Cause we all know what that means XD
      Thanks Jenny 🙂

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