One Tree Hill

Obvious title for a very eye-catching conical hill with a steep peak and a large tree perched right on top! ~viewed as we travelled from Moonlight to Middlemarch, Dunedin. Otago, New Zealand. Photos by Nigel.

Actually, the first two photos were taken Sat 29 May 2021 as we made our homeward journey but the second two photos had been taken by Nigel a couple of days earlier when he’d come over here alone.

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The town of Middlemarch sits on the plain below the Rock and Pillar Range which is the mountain range you can see in the far distance. The haze on the plain in the last two photos is due to smoke, it’s winter now in NZ. A few photos of the rugged high country of the range and a map are available at this Film Otago Southland web page: Middlemarch and the Rock and Pillar Range.


Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2021)

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    1. Years ago I lived in Auckland and have visited One Tree Hill a fair few times. I just used the reference in the title for fun. An Australian on twitter told me there’s a town over there named One Tree Hill, I wasn’t aware of that!

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    1. A song that’s special to NZers. One Tree Hill is an iconic hill that most everyone here knows, in Auckland. Bono wrote the lyrics after attending the tangi (Māori funeral) of his NZ friend and roadie Greg Carroll, who’d died in a motorcycle accident in Dublin.

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  1. It always makes me think when I see a lone tree on a hill or out on a windswept field. How did the seed land there and stick? How did the tree manage to grow on its own? It has to be of hardy stock.

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    1. It looks like a pine tree Louella, and some species of pine are like ‘weeds’ here, a few plantation species of pine, and douglas fir, are an ecological disaster in our high country and contribute to rivers drying out.

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