K.Jay Chan Photograph | 紐西蘭 魯冰花海
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紐西蘭 魯冰花海

Lupin The Ahuriri River Lupins at Lake Tekapo
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For about 4-5 weeks at the end of each year, the center of New Zealand’s South Island bursts into color — purples and pinks and blues and yellows sprout up along lake sides and in riverbeds in Mackenzie Country, making the already-stunning views even more incredible.


The story goes that the wife of a local farmer decided the drab center of New Zealand’s South Island could use some color. So for years she secretly spread lupin seeds along the roadways and riverbeds each spring — some more embellished versions of the story have her doing so while riding naked on the back of a white stallion.

I’m not sure if ANY of that story is true (the naked-on-a-white-stallion part definitely isn’t), but there’s no denying that the Russell lupins DO add a pop of color to countryside that is otherwise a bit colorless.

The ironic part? The Russell lupin is actually considered an invasive species by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation.

Talk about a pretty weed!




Lupin-Spotting in New Zealand