Nikau

"Sometimes, sheltered by surrounding trees we would come upon luxurious groves of the nikau palm. It seemed a shame to destroy such stately loveliness.

The solemn stillness in these sequestered places, the subdued light filtering through the arched fronds of the nikaus, the many columns of the pillared like trunks reminded me of some stately cathedral or temple fo the gods.

Such groves are to be found only in the sheltered places of the bush, the wind scarred veterans sometimes found in cleared places are lone survivors, bravely striving against the wear and tear of the unkind elements.

To behold these delicate palms in all their pristine loveliness, seek them in some sheltered nook, the holy of holies as it were, of the bush." - Joshua Caleb Robinson [c1863]

He was an ancestor of mine and every time I paint a nikau I think of this quote and hope that the painting will "replace" one of the many thousands that were destroyed by the early settlers while clearing the land.

 

Nikau: Kohaihai, Karamea

600 X 1400mm

Oil on linen

 

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Kaitoki Walk, Great Barrier Island - Oil on Canvas 900 X 900 © Jenny Bennett Nikau - Hokianga 2012 - Oil on Canvas 120cm x 80cm © Jenny Bennett Nikau, Whale Bay 3 - 100cm x 100cm Oil on canvas © Jenny Bennett Beyond Karamea, New Zealand - Oil on canvas 60.5cm x 91 cm © Jenny Bennett Beyond Karamea 2 - Oil on canvas 60.5cm x 91 cm © Jenny Bennett Nikau 1 - Neighbour's Reserve - Tutukaka Oil on linen © Jenny Bennett Nikau 2 - Kaitoke Track  - Great Barrier Island Oil on linen © Jenny Bennett Nikau 3 - Great Barrier Island - Oil on linen © Jenny Bennett Hokianga Nikau 2008 - New Oil on linen 750 x 1500  © Jenny Bennett Nikau for June, Great Barrier Island - 400 x 800mm © Jenny Bennett Nikau: Kohaihai, Karamea - 600 X 1400mm Oil on linen   © Jenny Bennett Piha 2 - Oil on linen 450 X 106mm © Jenny Bennett Waiotemarama 1 - Nikau - Hokianga © Jenny Bennett Nikau Waiotemarama, Hokianga 2 - Oil on linen 2005   © Jenny Bennett Nikau Wiaotemarama, Hokianga 2011 (Nikau for Carol) - 35cm x 115cm Oil on canvas © Jenny Bennett Nikau - Whale Bay 1 - 2005  - Oil on canvas 1000 x 950mm © Jenny Bennett