Tag Archives: New Zealand

Weekly photo challenge: Lost in the details

Deadwood

Deadwood

When seen up close, these lifeless limbs take on new lives of their own. A tortoise reaching out for sunlight, a knarled snout hoping to catch some prey in it’s toothless jaws, fingers curling under…what do you see?

Photographed on the shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand, 28 February 2013.

Weekly photo challenge: Beyond the Pohutukawa trees

From the summit of the Mount

From the summit of the Mount

In New Zealand, the red blooms of the Pohutukawa tree herald the arrival of summer. The theory goes, that the early the flowering, the longer the summer.

This summer the Pohutukawa flowers have been spectacular. So has the summer – intermittently

I took this photograph while climbing to the summit of Mount Maunganui (on the Coromandel Peninsula) early in the morning on New Year’s Day. I was not alone; many other walkers and runners started the year with the same good intention.

I loved our few days spent in Mount Maunganui. Great beaches, great surf, great food -surrounded by beauty. Hidden by the tree on the right hand corner of this image is Tauranga. Mount Maunganui Beach is to the extreme left, with Pilot Beach (lined by Norfolk Pines) is centre.

Pohutukawa blooms below.

New Zealand native Pohutukawa ... close association with Christmas and summer

New Zealand native Pohutukawa … our Christmas flower

Weekly photo challenge: Beyond the tread

Early morning n Matarangi Beach

Beyond the footprints on Matarangi Beach – early morning

In this topic, I feel spoiled for choice, so I may just have to post a daily photograph.

This photograph was taken on Matarangi Beach, which is on the Coromandel Peninsula – North Island, New Zealand. I was blown away by the beauty. Early morning walks were my favourite times of day – a time to absorb the air, the sounds and the silence.