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How is Haumoana?

Haumoana  [how-mow-are-nah] is a seaside village not far from where I live.  A bike trail goes right through the village and along the coastline to Clifton.  I rode the Haumoana trail this morning.  Here are some fotos.

The sign says "Clifton 8.7 km".  I am just going to ride to the Haumoana Shops 3.7 km.

If I go along this trail, I follow the Tukituki river into the Tukituki valley.  A beautiful ride, but set for another day.

The sky is beautiful, the waters calm and the sunshine still mild in the early morning.  

The Pacific Ocean is not far away and it is peacefully living up to its name,  "The Peaceful Sea"

Hawkes Bay is very dry at the moment.  A bright patch of green indicates a swamp and water. The gum tree in the foreground is one of the millions  of Australians growing in our small country.

This Foto is to show just how dry it is here.  We need some gentle rain for a couple of days.

This is not the outflow of the Tukituki but some small stream that comes from much closer. The village of Haumoana has some very attractive houses.

The lagoon and the Ocaen.  If you have a view of water from your home, the vallue of your property is almost doubled!!

The lagoon, together with the rushes, looks very pretty.

Ducks breed well where there is water.

A duck family, Mum, Dad and three ducklings.

This Pukeko is some kind of swamp-hen.  It is doing very well, and breeding very successfully.  It is a protected bird, and quite a character.  

Haumoana has a lagoon that runs almost its entire length.  Here is another inlet into the built-up area.  The sky reflected in the water is the stuff to inspire painters.

It is called "Pohutukawa" and comes out just before Christmas.  It is called "The New Zealand Christmas Tree" for this reason.  Hawkes Bay is not part of the Pohutukawas original range, but it grows well here when planted.

A row of Pohutukawas.  Up North they grow to a large size.  I'm not sure if the grow so big here.  They are slow growers, are protected trees but their wood is highly prized by woodturners.

Pretty flowers growing in wasteland.

Somebody loves succulents. They do well here.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing fotos of Haumoana.  All viewed from the bike trail.  

Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.

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