On the way to Taupo there is a side-road advertising the directions to Treelinoe Gardens. These gardens have going for perhaps fifty years. I visited them once nearly forty years ago. They were beautifully set out. My return found them much changed. All the trees were fully grown. That meant they were so high the view was quite obscured. The previous owner, who had dedicated himself to the creation and extension of the gardens, had died. The new owner had some idea of the value of the gardens, but something was missing.
My next stop after Elsthorpe Reserve was Blackhead Beach.
This beach has a nice fine light brown sand. It is not very shelly nor much in the way of crystals like Coromandel sand [on the Whitianga side]
The tide is out so the groundwater seeps out of the sand to get to the sea leaving the sand moist and reflective like a mirror. Past the sand is an area of flat rock. It is easy to walk on as it is quite flat and even.
I couldn't resist a foto of the clouds reflected in the sand.
Today, [Monday 29th Jan, 2018] I travelled down country, to the coastal settlement of Porangahau. It has one of the nicest beaches on the East Coast [of the North Island]
On the way I decided to be economical with fotos. Even so I found many things I just had to fotograf.
I have lived in Hawkes Bay forty years but I have never been in this bush.
Just outside the entrance I found a small but well formed Tawa tree. [See the Mohi Bush Blog]
It did get me the opportunity I didn't get in the Mohi Bush journey to fotograf the leaves of the Tawa.
Somewhere up beyond the Kawekas. I am on the riverbank of the Rangitikei River. 600m above sea level. Usually dry, this summer has a little more moisture in it. So the Kowhai trees are looking good... at least this one is.
There must have been rain as there are a few drops on the lens.
The seed racines are quite easily visible and they are very distinctive.
On farmland this beautiful broom with its bright yellow flowers in December [all gone now] and is considered a weed so is sprayed.
This morning I set off before six am to travel to Waiouru. It is about 150km and that should take on Highways about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This journey is not on a normal highway and less than 4 hours is hooning.
It was raining.
My favourite mountain, Kaweka J. 1700m tall.
The rain was only just beginning. This little rain cloud caught my attention.
The clay soil is not good for farming. Fortunately trees grow here.
This area has recently been logged. A piece of wood has become completely bleached by weather.
Monday's excursion was to lakes Tutira and Wakapiro.
I have visited Tutira often but I've never walked around Wakapiro. It is much smaller then Tutira. Tutira is in the foto above. Good-bye Tutira, Hello Wakapiro.
Wakapiro is a jewel of a lake early in the morning when there is no wind.
It will likely be a home to more tuis now that more flax has been planted. The flax flowers have nectar that the tuis love.
I discovered a small flower growing in the grass. It belongs to a fungus.
I am on top of a hill to the North and West of Hastings.
Farming is the main activity here, but the steep faces are good places to grow cover to slow erosion.
A beautiful valley where life would be very pleasant.
In the distance are the Maungaharuru ranges. There are some very nice walks on the top peaks.
Down below is a road which leads towards Lake Tutira.
There is forest ahead along the road. It descends down into a valley where the Holt Forest is located.
January 15th. and the first cicadas are out.
The end of the track through the long grass is in sight. I am anxious to learn what the track is like in the bush. I have struggled through the tall grass, and I am not looking forward to an overgrown uneven track with lots of places to twist my ankle.
There is more to see on the grass track. Here is a Tawa that has been struck by something that has caused rot to start. It is still sturdily growing, so it may last another fifty years or so.
The bush across the fence looks very dense.
It is a really refreshing experience to see how Hawkes Bay was before the sheepmen got here.
There is some beautiful wood in this trunk. Rimu wood.
This harmless looking little plant is not welcomed by farmers. It is called "Ragwort". It is not useful like hemp, nor is it edible like grass. It produces so many seeds from one plant that it can cover a farm in three seasons. The seeds fly high in the air. Unless farmers are vigilant in can take over a farm in five years.
I began my walk on the Northern side, walking through lon grass. This was a little difficult as my balance is not excellent.
The pathway stretches perhaps two kilometres to the east. This shows the first 300 metres.
This tree trunk, possibly a Tawa, is surrounded by vine. These are very common in Native bush in the northern and middle parts of the North Island.
Californian thistles like this one here, are considered a pesky weed in Hawkes Bay.
Another pesky plant that spoils patches of bush locally is "Old Man's Beard".