Spirit of the Tarairi Tree
by Patricia Howitt
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This tree is on the sacred hill behind my property. It is the Tarairi (Beilschmiedia tarairi) of the Laurel family, found only north of Auckland. Its leaves are in some respects like the loquat, only smaller. This hill is covered in untouched forest, with many Tarairi trees, and at the right time of day on a sunny day, some wonderful effects of lighting appear among the trees and tree ferns. Acrylic on canvas board, 12 × 16in.