Saturday, May 4, 2013

Frolicking Through an Enchanted Autumn Forest!

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Earlier this week we went on a day trip to Hanmer Springs, a gorgeous little alpine village famous for its hot springs here in Canterbury. Before indulging in an evening of soaking in the hot thermal water we decided to explore the Hanmer Forest, and my oh my what a treat that was! 

I am sure that we stepped right into the pages of a Beatrix Potter book! It was the perfect setting for Peter Rabbit and his friends; Silver birch, pine needles, toadstools and blackberry bramble galore! It really was an autumn wonderland! I could have quite happily existed here for forever! 
A word of warning; I indulged in two very high risk activities in the forest...
1: picking up toadstools with my bare hands.
2: Entering and even sitting in a toadstool fairy ring. If you are a fairytale connoisseur/ 7 year old like myself, you will know how dangerous this is!  
I wouldn't recommend you try this at home kids! However, I appear to have emerged the experience unharmed, and stepping into a fairy ring was definitely worth it for the beautiful photographs!
While on our forest walk, we found a huge clearing full of blackberries, which were the prefect woodland snack! My favourite part of the walk is where I found a little grotto made of blackberry bramble, with the perfect little arched entrance I could imagine some kind of forest critter crawling into for a nap (which I tried out for myself as you can see!)
While I am an "adult" I really do try to make the most of any moments I find whimsical or fantastical that bring me back into a state of childhood, where anything and everything can be magic! I think living like this is good for the soul! Not to mention it's so darn fun! Do any of you have times where you feel free to exist like a child again?...It seems to be forests that really do it for me!

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  1. Oh my goodness this is such a gorgeous post!!! You look so beautiful!!! I love all of your poses too, everything about these photos is so whimsical. I had no idea you had those red white spotted toadstools in NZ. I actually can't get over how similar looking your fauna is to Europe, so beautiful! I am really kicking myself for not taking the chance to explore the forests in NZ when I was over a few years ago on a ski trip. I really wish I'd taken the time to go to the forest, seeing these photos I know now that I missed out on so much beauty. You have definitely inspired me to do so next time I go to NZ!

    This post has also brought back so many memories of my childhood for me! I was really obsessed with those toadstools as a kid when I lived in Russia and it is actually amazing I didn't eat any...I mean don't they look appetizing haha? Or maybe that's just me :P

    Ahhh seriously what a lovely post, your blog is one of my absolute favourites, your photos are always beautiful!

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    1. Aw thank you for such a sweet, thoughtful comment!! I'm so happy it has brought back childhood memories for you! I agree with you, I wish they were edible! haha.
      A lot of the forest here in New Zealand is ver "native bush" which is a little different to this, I hadn't actually been in a forest like this in New Zealand, but if you find out about walks with birch and pine trees, it will definitely be similar to this forest!
      Thank you for your lovely words! :) xox

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  2. What a gorgeous forest! Really lovely! Magical photos as well :)

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    1. It was so lovely being in amongst the trees! I felt like I was in a fairy tale book! xox

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  3. Those photos are unbelievable! The forest is like a place from my childhood imagination that I didn't actually believe could exist in real life! Where abouts is it in New Zealand? (for an uneducated Brit with a terrible knowledge of NZ)

    If you get a little time to have a look at our fledgling blog it would be so great, if not then I shall be stopping by next time anyway :) x

    Haussweethaus.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too! I had never been in a forest like this in New Zealand before! (However, as my boyfriend pointed out it is probably because I grew up in a town where there was litte in the way of nature walks or bushland!)
      This forest is in Hanmer Springs, which is in the South Island of New Zealand...Most other forests in New Zealand I have been in are lush, green, damp native bush. The Hanmer Springs forest was quite different in that to me it looked like something out of Europe (Which it probably is, given the pine tree's silver birch and oak that was probably brought over with European pioneers!)
      If you ever visit the Hanmer forest, I would definitely recommend coming during Autumn! xox

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  4. Awwww such pretty photos Miss Amie! You two are so sweet :)

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    1. Aw Thanks Bec! It served as quite a lovely "date" (although he hates to use the word!) going for a forest walk instead of the movies! xox

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  5. Oh my word Amie!! That is the sweetest/cutests/coolest thing ever!! They are proper fairy mushrooms. I don't think I've ever seen them before. Sounds like such a brilliant day!

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    1. Oh my gosh you have to hunt some down! I'm sure I've always seen them growing up as a kid...The best time for mushroom hunting is after a couple of days of rain, and then a day of sunshine...and after frosty mornings! Pine trees are usually your best bet for toadstools! xox

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  6. You always have the prettiest collection of photographs. Loving this fairytale themed shoot, those mushrooms look incredible! Ah what I wouldn't give to frolic there x

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    1. I love how it turned out fairytale themed! It wasn't on purpose! haha...We were just planning on going for a casual stroll in the woods and lucky we had the camera because it was so enchanted, I would have never expected it! xox

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    1. It definitely felt like it! All I was thinking was "I want to live in a little snow white cottage here!!!!!" haha. xox

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