In Monday’s blog in need of an empty adjective and in deference to a Jarvis Cocker lyric referred to the ‘useless trees’. A flippant aside for which I apologise for.

I love a good tree. Let’s face it, who doesn’t?

My pal Martin, the Toto of Perth, known to these pages as China, is a big fan. Woody, taker of the greatest catch I’ve ever seen on a cricket field, saw fit to name one after him.

One of the highlights of my visit to Russell (Kororareka) on Monday was my chance encounter with this big fella.

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This is a Morton Bay Fig Tree (ficus mactophillia) and he’s been keeping watch outside the local lawman’s quayside cottage since 1875. What a beauty, eh?

Enjoy!

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