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.
The Rangitikei is quite young here so there are some rapids, In this case they are quite gentle.
The new bridge is just beside the old. The old has been preserved as it is an excellent example of 1920's bridge construction, but in addition, it is one of the few that were built as a suspension bridge.
Beneath the bridge, there is an excellent deep swimming hole. Both bridges are visible in this picture.
The Jarrah timber deck has had to have some repairs. However this bridge was built in 1927 and fotografed in 2018, At ninety years old it has done well.
One of the original blocks on the bridge.
Some blocks had to be replaced. Here is one.
Red Clover in the grass around the campsite.
Trying to eliminate "Rock Snot". ... or at least stop it from spreading.
I stop on a small bridge to fotograf a small stream.
Beside the stream is a pile of willow logs. The roading authorities have eliminated the willows.
....... for a little while. The next generation of willows are making their comeback.
The rain is light but it has settled in.
Lawsonianas growing by the road. They don't last more than a hundred of so and this big trunk is getting near the end of it.
This pair are doing a little better.
Thousands of Lawsonianas were planted by farming settlers. It was the most common exotic tree to be planted in NZ by settlers. This foto shows why. They have foliage right down to the ground.
Characteristic Lawsoniana foliage. It is flat.
On another part of the journey we find a river running in a steep gorge. The rock in such steep gorges is common to the middle of the North Island. Much of the NI is built on a bedrock of a rather soft layer of "papa rock".
It allows fairly steep sided cuttings to be made. Because the rock is soft it can be cut by bulldozers.
The rock face is not completely stable as shown by this slump.
Closer examination of the face shows further evidence of slumps.
There are some big cliffs in the North island that have lasted a long time, but I don't think the Papa rock is completely trustworthy.
I made a stop for a little rest and found myself a little nook by a fireplace of grey hard rock that is very prevalent here.
Right above me was a slope covered in tea tree. Very pleasant and restful.
Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.