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Illustration etc. update for Plantae Aotearoa

Zenobia Southcombe

This week has been pretty lazy here at Blue Mushroom Books HQ. I have been making space at the home studio to continue working on the leatherback turtle picture book, and preparing for my Nature Journalling class (spaces still available), and watching lots of nature documentaries.

Plantae Aotearoa is slowly growing, with some of the completed illustrations below, and a few more people to interview. I found an old New Zealand Geographic magazine (Jul-Aug 2013) in an op shop that happened to have a piece on the Three Kings Islands, so currently I am working on a report about them. 

It includes what was once known as the World's Rarest Tree, and a raft of other unique flora including a species of hebe that's gained popularity overseas. 

I'm loving this learning journey as I research and find out more about how fascinating our plant life in Aotearoa really is.