Earlier in the week I had no enthusiasm for this topic, I associated skylines with cities, cathedrals, bridges, etc. Then, on my drive home from work I looked at what I see on the skyline each and every day and realized there are many who would envy me these views.
So, I'm going to take you along as a passenger on my drive home from work.
A few minutes out of town, heading south, is a picnic area with a view down the Whangarei Harbour and out towards Whangarei Heads. We'll pull over here for our first photo.
It's a shame the tide is out! You can just make out the stacks at Marsden Point Oil Refinery.
After we turn off SH 1, the traffic thins and we have an easy drive, up and down hills and around lots of corners but always with the same mountain range on our skyline.
I love the uppity downity mountains, they always look so cheerful!
Soon the village of Maungakaramea comes into view, nestled at the foot of the mountains.
Closer still and the tower on that highest peak comes clearer. That is our most prominent landmark. As you can see the road has many twists, so the skyline is constantly changing. See that white building on the left hand side of the road, on the edge of the village?
That is the church in the next photo. No grand cathedrals but a simple, honest, place of worship for the local folk, built by the local folk of days gone by.
As we draw closer to home the countryside becomes more rural, one minute there are cattle on the skyline:
The next minute it is sheep:
Ahh, yes, home now, there is the tower:
and here is the skyline from my front deck:
I think this skyline is imprinted on my heart.
And there is another skyline I'd like to share, one from my childhood.
As children in Australia we travelled up this valley at school holiday time towards my grandparents farm. Our excitement grew as we sighted Mt Castle and Mt Mistake.
I can close my eyes and see that skyline, still fresh in my memory.
I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing the special skylines of my blogging friends.