Rangitoto Summer

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Title: #52 Rangitoto Summer
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 18×36″

Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand. The 5.5 km wide island is an iconic and widely visible landmark of Auckland with its distinctive symmetrical shield volcano cone rising 260 metres (850 ft) high over the Hauraki Gulf. Rangitoto is the most recent and the largest (2311 hectares) of the approximately 50 volcanoes of the Auckland volcanic field.

The Pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red flowers made up of a mass of stamens. The Pōhutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. Renowned for its vibrant colour flowers during Christmas time, it is regarded as New Zealand Christmas tree.

Flowering pohutukawa tree is the common sight during New Zealand summer around coastal beaches looking out to Rangitoto Island in Auckland.

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