Friday, 27 February 2015

Four seasons in one day...

Only I would be game enough to pull over in a farmer's driveway while it's raining on the way home from work to take this photo of the stormy skies passing over. Weird thing is, typical NZ weather, while it was raining here, just around the corner it was hot sunny skies. Four season in one day...

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Oyster catchers in Mangawhai estuary

I just love this shot! In our old house we use to live in a few streets away there was a walk way at the end of the road and down those lots and lots of steps was a beautiful quiet part of Mangawhai estuary where hardly anyone went.

One Autumn morning a friend and her son were visiting us and I took them for a walk down there. Among the wildlife at the time were oyster catchers searching for food in the low tide. These guys are awesome and love scouting around for shellfish and sprats.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Mangawhai Triathlon 2015

Every year in late summer my town hosts a triathlon which involves a 500m swim, a 20km cycle and then a 5k run through to the finish line. It's a little too advanced for my exercise level so I usually go along and take photos.

As you can see from the photos one contestant looks particularly triumphant as he nears the end, all the bikes were lined up in the campground nearby and lots of people waiting to cheer the entrants on as they came in. Well done to all those who competed in it.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Classic cars outside the Mangawhai markets

So, I was at the Mangawhai Markets yesterday which are usually open every Saturday from 9am until 1pm. My weekly visit there usually involves taking books back to the library and on the way back to my car I spotted these two babies - if there's one thing I like it's classic cars. Awesome don't  you think?

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Reflections over Mangawhai estuary

We're nearing the end of summer here in Mangawhai and what better to show off a snippet of the scenery I see on the way to work every day than these two shots taken Thursday morning.

Serene, peaceful, quiet are just some of the words I would use to describe this area no more than 10 mins from home. When the tide's in like it was on this day people kayak through the water, when the tide is on its way out or on its way in sometimes people stand on the bridge and try to catch fish. Hopefully we will get some much needed rain soon as it's very very dry here.

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Frosty morning skies over Te Arai

Although its been very dry here temperatures are starting to slowly cool down. Yesterday morning I snapped this shot over the vast farmland on the way to work - views over the countryside with Te Arai surf beach and fog in the distance.

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Moody morning skies at Mangawhai surf beach

Another one I found in my archives - a black and white image of a surfer standing in the early morning scenery of Mangawhai surf beach. Not alot of surf but nice reflections over the waves - have a great day :-)

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Scallop shells at Pahi

I Love playing around with my camera taking photos of different textures and shapes.  Here's one of a large scallop shell ar Pahi beach last time I was there. So interesting seeing the grains of sand up close. More Wednesday around the world here...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Driftwood sculptures at Sullivan's Bay

While going through the archives on my external hard drive I found this amazing shot I took last year at Sullivan's Bay in Mahurangi of a driftwood sculpture someone made and set up. This is one of my favourite places to visit, sadly I haven't been there in quite sometime but isn't it beautiful?

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Signs of Summer - Purple gazanias at Te Arai

These little flowers are so vibrant and they line the sandy coastal areas around here making a bright show of colour. Love them!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Summer reflections over Mangawhai estuary

Earlier this week as I was driving to work I happened to see this stunning reflection over part of the Mangawhai village estuary just past the school. Luckily I take my camera everywhere I go and parked in someone's driveway to get this shot. Hope you like it :-)

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

A nice little Winter panorama of Wellsford

Here's one I found in the archives, a nice little winter panorama of Wellsford, the town I work in. Must've snapped this on the way home one night and forgotten about it. Such nice skies we get here sometimes. Hope your week is going well :-)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Flying kites at Mangawhai estuary

Last week on one of my morning walks on a particularly windy day I spied this family having loads of fun at the estuary near the other campers flying their kites. Looks like they are enjoying themselves :-)

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Summer sky through broken glass in Wellsford

Ok so I take a lot of photos of landscapes and skies etc. This week I found something different while I was on my lunch break at work. This building in Wellsford is up for rent, like a few others in the vicinity and unfortunately above the door the glass has been either stood on by someone or smashed by a heavy object. But it made for interesting viewing of the sky above...

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

We love the rain!

Our Summer here has been extremely dry, our watertank is down to under a 1/4 so we're on the verge of having to order more. Thankfully tonight the skies opened and it started raining, apparently its due to continue for a few more days - yay! I snapped this photo on the way home from work tonight - no doubt the farmers will be loving this, especially for their crops like the corn in this shot.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Black Stag Deli - Scrumptious Mangawhai Food

I just have to share a great report about these guys who are local to Mangawhai where I live. Every Saturday morning they are at the Mangawhai markets in the village selling the most delicious smelling food such as sausages, venison, doner kebab and other such feasts. This photo is from when they were at the new year's day gala, many people line up to buy their goodies...I intend to finally check them out this weekend :-)

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Spring roadtrip to the Historic Puhoi Pub - Est 1879

What an amazing place the Puhoi Pub is - its about an hour or so from where I live just off the main highway that leads to Auckland. This photo above I took last year in Spring was when I was travelling through the area on a one off road trip. According to the Puhoi Historical Society it was built in 1879. Puhoi village was apparently first settled by German Immigrants along the nearby river and also has an antique shop, cheese factory and museum. I plan to take my teens there at some point - think another road trip is in order...

Time for a trim

Last week we had the tree guy here trimming our palm trees. We have 5 around our property and sometimes the leaves go brown and look really ...