The girls and I spent a happy couple of hours at Maori Bay this afternoon. After a brief and invigorating swim in the surf they busily built sand castles with the black ironsand, decorated with shells and feathers scavenged from the edge of high tide. I discovered this photo taken by Talya of her art work when I was downloading today's images from the camera (taken while I was having one last dunk in the sea). I thought it was rather well done!
This small flock of seagulls was particularly vocal as I watched them congregate on the rocks. It made me wonder what they were discussing and who was in charge. The one standing just left of centre seemed to have a very strong opinion on the topic!
Every December the pohutukawa trees which line the coast of New Zealand burst into a beautiful crimson bloom, just in time for Christmas! Here is a fine specimen seen at Shelley Beach on the Kaipara Harbour. I am often amazed when I see a tree covered in red blossoms standing right next to another one with barely a single flower. It makes me wonder what the magic ingredient might be? Attitude? Courage? Love?
Hello I'm back! I've decided to do a series of photos depicting Summer in Auckland - we had some of the hottest November temperatures ever recorded and who knows what lies ahead for December and the rest of Summer! This picture was taken at Piha Beach in November (the same day I took this shot). There was a surf life saving competition in progress and the colourful flags fluttered brightly in the strong breeze. The life savers do a fantastic job throughout the summer making sure bathers are safe - the wild west coast is renowned for the strong tidal rips that can make for dangerous swimming conditions. Every beach has a reminder to Swim Between the Flags (although these aren't being used for that purpose, I think they were team flags):