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Early Mornings

Early mornings are the most beautiful time of the day.  On Sunday I awoke to the most amazing sky.  Here are a few shots.

The sky to the east was overcast.  The sun was forecasting its arrival with some light.

The sky to the north showed the edge of the overcast.  The Northwester was shaping the clouds with its fast current.

The turbulence shaped the clouds like a fast current the surface of the water.

Towards the sunrise the clouds seems to form shapes like stones in the river. Early sunlight reflected on the clouds.

Walk in the Park.

Continuing on from the Chinese garden, we find some wonderfull trees, many of them NZ natives

This tree is familiar as I fotografed one in a park near Kairakau.    It has the most marvellous crinkles in its skin.

The scene in this foto is of well kept grass, nice borders, and an enormous Himalayan Cedar.  Hasting was established in the 1880s so the tree can be at most 140 years old.  It has certainly grown quickly.

Here a close-up of the magnificent year. There are least four Hamalayan Cedars in Hastings of this size.

Sunny Sunday

At seven this morning I received a comment about my Fun Guy post.   In return,I promised a post about today.  So here it is.

Hawkes Bay is on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.  Here prevailing winds are Westerly...  so we are in a rain shadow cast by the Kawekas and the Ruahines, both reaching 1700 metres.  This season has been wet.. but not so cold.  The weather people tell us this is because the weather is coming down to us from the North, and comes to the East Coast first.

Golden Bay Visit

Over the first weekend of June, I went to a conference in Motueka.  This meant I was only a few kilometres from Golden Bay.  In spare time, I went across the Takaka Hill to Takaka, which is the main centre for Golden Bay.  I went for a walk in part of the Abel Tasman National Park near Takaka.

The walk starts at a carpark with a distant view of an inlet with a large lagoon.

The carpark was not empty!

Bush was growing along the track.

On the other side of the track we have a view of a nice tranquil bay.

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui. III

We are three quarters of the way around Mauao.

There is so much sand along this coast that there is enough to spare for little beaches like this.  We can see in the distance rocks that flank Mount Maunganui's iconic beach.

In just  a few hundred metres we round the corner to see the beach itself.

Two volcanic outposts flank the beach.  Great sand makes the beach.  Just here the volcanic rock gives out and we have a small face of "Papa" rock wich has the consistency of well made cardboard.

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui. II

We were about half way around, so now to more of the walk  in part II.

A lone yacht braves the current to  sail the Pacific.

Mauao is essentially a volcanic cone.  It looks more like a lava flow then a cinder cone. Here volcanic rock meets clay.  In fact it looks like two different flows of lava meeting.  The clay will be from later.

This all appears to be more lava rock.  I like the beauty of the tree trunk pressing against the rock.  A Pohutukawa.

The yacht is much faster than we are.

Mauao, or Mount Maunganui. I

I visited my sister in Papamoa. She suggested a walk around Mauao.  This is more often called "Mount Maunganui".  It has a track around it which takes an hour or so.

Mauao stands next to Tauranga Harbor.

It also stands next to a busy housing area.

Many of the houses are more than just seaside cottages.

It was very busy.  School Holidays!

The harbor that the town overlooks is crowded with little boats........   and big ones.

In the distance you can see hills.  That is typical of New Zealand.


Ginger is the last of the kittens.  She is likely to stay with me.  Even her mother Woody may go.  He is a very lively kitten, but has almost reached the size of a full grown cat.  He has had his appointment with the vet and survived that OK.
As a little kitten he was always busy.

Here he is looking for something to play with.

He gets a cuddle from an admirer.

"Who me!.  No! I was somewhere else."

"Look, I am just like my mother, only not so fat!"

Treading the [floor] boards.

Tuesday 12th December 2017

The kittens are thriving wonderfully.  They play with everything.  I leave lots of "stuff" for them to play with.  They move it around and leave my floor in a mess, but they are happy.

Some recent fotos.

Tiger reclining like one of the ancient Romans.

Ginger thinking he is Tiger.

Tan off on a cross country.

Blackie in a shady place.

Cheers Chris the Pipemaker

Friday 8th December 2017

The kittens are almost half their mother's size....  although not by weight.  ....  in height and length.

Here are the most recent fotos.

Jena showing the kittens some love.

In the hands of a good vet.

Silva loves to play with the kittens.  Here Blackie is getting the attention.



Ginger is  the biggest of the kittens.

Tan [taken 3 minutes ago.]

Tan & Ginger.

Fotogenic Blackie posing for her upcoming Hollywood appearance!

Tiger  ..  "What me worry!
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