ODE TO THE EARTH is a tribute to the Mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus). The leaves from this plant become skeletons after they have fallen to the ground and the green has decomposed, leaving all the leaf veins in tact. Ultimately you are left wiht the skeleton of the leaf lying underneath these trees.
The berries from this tree help feed our Keruru and Tui, while the tree itself is often a sign of regenerating forest, providing shelter for the giants of the forest to come through.
It is not a showy tree, but the flowers have a very strong smell when they appear in spring.
This book is part of an exhibition UNFOLD at Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland.