A wet day and a brief visit to the Wellington Botanical Gardens to recharge my batteries. Though the sky is grey and things in the city seem a bit forlorn, amongst the trees there is freshness and colour and life.
The rain is filtered by the canopy of the trees, and the air smells damp and sweet.
At the base of a tree there is a rich community of plants - mosses and lichens on the rocks; and ferns, small trees - I can see a pseudopanax and a mahoe, small shrubs and grasses, all growing up from the leaf litter collected around the big tree's roots... a gentle collection of greens and rusts and goldish-brown and silver... a delightful little garden designed by nature. They are to be found everywhere!