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Patricia Howitt (patriciahowitt)

Silent Night in the New Zealand Forest

by Patricia Howitt

Skins are thin, easy-to-remove, vinyl decals for customizing your device. Skins are made from a patented material that eliminates air bubbles and wrinkles for easy application.


A Laughing Owl (now extinct) keeps an eye on the movements of a potential meal - a large Kauri snail crawling in the foreground, while his mate comes winging in silently across the clearing behind. Mature Nikau palms (Rhopalostylis sapida) fringe the clearing and a group of Huhu beetles on the wing catch the light from the one bright star in the Milky Way above.

One of 36 illustrations for the book 'Taketakerau, The Millennium Tree', now available in New Zealand. Inspired by the virgin forest in the reserve above my house.

"Two thousand years ago on the far side of the world, a baby boy was born. He snuggled in his mother's arms, warm and sheltered in a stable. Cattle lowed softly in the hay while shepherds and kings laid down their gifts. In the vast black sky of twinkling stars, one bright, bright star beamed down a shaft of light.

Silent night, Holy night.

Meanwhile - two thousand years ago, a berry germinated in a forest in a land in the south seas. The tiny seedling nestled under the canopy where shafts of sunlight beamed through branches and leaves. At night, the wind moaned softly through the bush. Stars twinkled in the vast black sky.

Silent night." (Author Marnie Anstis)

See also some book spreads at

Acrylic on board 15" x 20". Forest, trees, bush, laughing owl, whekau (Skeloglaux albifacies). Kauri snail (Powelliphanta), aotearoa, new zealand, milky way, stars, sky, Christmas, Xmas.

Fimbis commented on October 5, 2012 5:07pm
Catherine Holcombe commented on October 5, 2012 7:32pm
love this sweet little scene!
Patricia Howitt commented on October 5, 2012 11:07pm
Thank you so much Fimbis - greatly appreciated!!
Patricia Howitt commented on October 5, 2012 11:09pm
That's so great, Catherine - glad you like it!
ellis commented on October 6, 2012 12:11am
Patricia Howitt commented on October 6, 2012 1:07am
Thank you so much, ellis!!
Angelo Cerantola commented on October 6, 2012 1:56am
Magical atmosphere, beautifully crafted!
TaLins commented on October 6, 2012 6:23am
Absolutely gorgeous! Stunning color!
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on October 6, 2012 10:10am
Oh Yeah, ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ ✯ 👍 !!!
Patricia Howitt commented on October 7, 2012 11:08am
Angelo, TaLins and Wayne - I really appreciate your comments and support. Thank you!
Catspaws commented on October 8, 2012 1:59pm
magical !!!
Bruce Stanfield commented on October 9, 2012 5:42am
Beautiful Painting and Words! true talent! Well done Patricia! :)
ALLY COXON commented on October 15, 2012 11:59am
Michael Hammond commented on October 18, 2012 9:57am
Excellent! :D
ipixel- Ana commented on October 19, 2012 2:43pm
Absolutely Amazing Patricia!! :)*
EbiEmporium commented on October 23, 2012 11:31pm
Beautiful! I love your style~
Melissa Brunet commented on October 27, 2012 6:58am
Absolutely beautiful, Patricia!
Françoise Reina commented on January 15, 2013 1:32pm
Beautiful light and colors, love this one ! :)
owlgoddessphotography commented on May 27, 2015 8:47am
Breathtakingly beautiful ♥
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