Saturday, February 14, 2015

Oh, I do Love to be Beside the Seaside

Oh, I do love to be beside the sea!  And right now, the weather outside is frightful - very strong winds and a dropping temperature, currently hovering around 18F/ minus8C - and so I decided to wander back to just a few weeks ago when I was in the Northland region of New Zealand.

 These photos, taken on a days road trip beginning and ending in Onerahi  and going up the coast as far as Matapouri, serve to warm me up.

I was keen to try and photograph the sunrise and sunset each day. This was my first morning and I was ten minutes or so too late for sunrise. But I liked how the low misty cloud hung below the Whangarei Heads.
 Directly out in front of the wonderful holiday apartment we were staying in (Harbour Vista, Onerahi) was this portion of the harbour with a dock (used, at least while we were there, for fishing) with Limestone Island as the backdrop. Every morning, early, there were folk fishing from this dock. I never saw them catch anything but I have to suppose they did as on the incoming tide there was always fishing going on.
 Action on the floating dock.
I wanted to photograph some iconic New Zealand vegetation and, as a native Northlander, cabbage trees and flax bushes fit the criteria perfectly.
 Whenever I return to the country of my birth I always, but always, have to have a fish and chips meal. This trip I splurged and had it more than one time. This lunch, with my sister Cathy and brother-in-law John ranked as the number 1 fish and chip experience for this trip. Eaten at the Parua Bay Hotel on a sunny January day with a cold beverage it was pretty much perfection for me!
 Driving on we stopped at many small, and large, inlets and bays but no longer having access to a good map I regret I cannot identify each and every one correctly.  This was a small inlet I believe at the top end of  Pacific Bay . Maybe if you zoom in you can see the people having fun on a homemade swing hung from the tree just behind the dingy.
 Matapouri Bay was a favorite destination for a day at the beach when we were children. And, as you can see, families still flock here. Yes, on local standards, this beach is crowded!
 Still at Matapouri but looking out towards the Poor Knight Islands (this needs confirmation - where are those maps that I thought I had carefully saved?).
And at the end of the day we returned to our spot in Onerahi overlooking the Whangarei Harbour and Heads.

It is never recommended to take photographs in the full sun of the day - but that is when I was out and about and able to use the camera so that is when most of my photos are taken Being the height of summer the colors are so bright and vivid they really just pop out most all the time.

Thank you to John for the many hours he spent behind the wheel so Cathy and I could indulge in a spot of nostalgia. It was wonderful.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photographs. But what about the Hikurangi Fisheries? (I actually don't know where it is, but the town of Hikurangi looks on the Google Map to be not far from Whangarei?) I don't expect, from the look of the place as Kerry's quilt block depicted, it's not the beautiful relaxing experience of your meal at the Parua Bay hotel though.


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