Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Old roads, new roads

The weather map predicted "Calm" over the whole country for Sunday.  That's rather unusual but calm it certainly was in this neck of the woods.  The sun was shining, not a breath of wind.  

I set out without a plan, just an idea to return to where I'd been the day before to take photos of the cattle I showed yesterday.  By the way, they are white galloway x friesian.  The friend who had hosted our get together on Saturday found out for me. I thought perhaps I'd explore a road I haven't travelled in years.  But the car was pointing towards the coast, so that's the way I went.

Remember the movie "The gods must be crazy"?  I thought about that coke bottle when I saw this one.  I refused to let the sight of it upset my day although I wasn't very happy about seeing it there.  The only blight on the peaceful scene at the Waipu Boat & Fishing Club.

The tide was very, very low and appeared to be standing still.  I don't know how many photos I've taken of Waipu River mouth at the end of Hamon Road (one of them is my header at the moment) but I don't think I've ever seen so much sand there.

Just a bit further down the road I decided to venture down Johnson Point Road to the Wildlife Refuge.  It years since I last did so.  I think the wildlife was elsewhere, although there were a few ducks off in the distance. 

While I was busy tripping up and down sideroads, I thought I might as well venture up McLean Road as well, to capture a couple of shots of Sail Rock (to the left of the next image) and the Hen and Chicks Islands.

Eventually I made it to Mangawhai and visited friends from way back.  I'll post a few shots from there tomorrow.


  1. The Coke bottle has been collected and put in my bin. If you would like the scene without it send me your e-mail address.
    It's a beautiful place.
    my e-mail:

  2. Such litter can upset me, too, so i'm glad you didn't let it spoil the whole outing. Those are beautiful places, and i like the Sail Rock

  3. such beautiful scenery Pauline. Thanks for sharing. I like sail rock.


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