Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sand patterns at Mount Maunganui beach

I saw these patterns in the sand the other day at the beach - they looked fascinating to me, even though the sea and the waves made these I thought they were really cool, especially the way the sun and sky was reflecting on the water :-)

Linking up with Skywatch Fridays...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Super starfish at Mount Maunganui beach

Our walk along the beach Sunday morning was a bit more interesting than usual...instead of just walking along the sand we explored the rock pools as the tide was out. We spotted thse large starfish clinging to the rocks in the low water. Something I love checking out are all the sea creatures so these guys were very cool to photograph :-)

Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Surfcasters at Sulphur Point

It's been good to have a change in the weather here in Tauranga, so much rain over Spring but for the last couple of days it's been sunny and warm, certainly Summer is on it's way. After work on Thursday I braved the traffic queues to drive out to Sulphur Point Marina, one of the local places near the extensive port.

These guys looked like they were making the most of an afternoon off from work - not sure if they caught anything but I sure was envious of them :-)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tauranga Busking Festival and other such sights

While out on our Sunday walk last weekend, I just had to stop and take photos of random things that interested me, as I usually do...sometimes it might be an iron gate or a view of the beach.  So herewith sharing things I spotted:

Echium Fastuosum - this lovely blue cone shaped flower loves growing in dry sandy poor conditions - it usually flowers of Spring or Summer and it's one of my favourite plants. It's so out there and proud/

Cherry Blossoms flowering in abundance - these ones are white but there are plenty of pink ones planted around Tauranga.

The Tauranga busking festival in the main street at Mount Maunganui - plenty of teenagers and youngsters out there trying to raise a bit of pocket money for themselves.

Such an array of sounds and different types of musical instruments - these ones above were using hollow plastic drums to create their beats.

What did you get up to last weekend?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Sun Princess - welcome to Cruise Boat season

Every year from October through until about April we have International cruise ships coming in and out of Tauranga Harbour.

This morning, while dropping my daughter off to the bus stop I spotted this baby coming in accompanied by the coast guard boat. The Sun Princess was built in 1995 and operated by Princess Cruises, it cost US $300 million, has 15 passenger decks and can take 2010 passengers. It's based in Australia and frequents NZ, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.


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