How – and why – does life sometimes manage to get so busy?! The photo below is of a place which is truly timeless, both in the sheer beauty of the dramatic landscape, and because it’s a place where all sense of time disappears, just you and immenseness of the land, the crashing surf, the sun on your skin and the sea breeze. A complete contrast to the previous post here on foldedcranes, getting lost in the wonder of an untouched edge of the land like this one is an ideal balance to the bustle of life in the city. Capturing it in a photo – and being able to take it home with you, to get lost in, every once in a while, is a great thing to be able to do, too.
Photo by CIA at Te Henga – Bethells Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand, March 2013.
Public spaces like this – which are beautiful both by day, and night, should be encouraged, in our increasingly urbanised planet.
A pretty place to be, I think you will agree. Recently, I learnt that the square was designed by visionary Wellington architect Ian Athfield, whose brilliant and sometimes odd work scatters the city (seek, and you shall find Athfield creations in Wellington’s many corners!), enriching the urban landscape. I don’t think I will ever tire of the eclectic mish-mash of buildings, old and new, which shouldn’t work together but somehow do, interesting public art, patches of soft green space, around a fully accessible multi-level square, crowned by Neil Dawson’s wonderful sculpture, Ferns. I love to spot Ferns’ shadow, at different times of the day as it dances around the space. Whether I am passing through en route home, or sitting leisurely on a bench in the sun (or, let’s face it, wind!), Wellington’s Civic Square is a fitting heart to the city which I am thankful for.
– Photo by CIA, Wellington Civic Square, March 2013. Around the square from left to right: Wellington Town Hall and Civic Chambers, The Majestic Centre (tall tower in the background), Wellington City Library, and the City Gallery.
It’s hard to imagine scientists came up with this sign. But I guess that’s why you have marketing. Also, I appreciate the fact they included two-way radio. It really adds a sense of awesome.
Photo by CIA, Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communication Complex, Canberra, December 2012.
Fridays are always a good day of the week. The weekend is just around the corner, and on a Wellington Friday when the sun is shining, worker-bees flock to the waterfront and eek out every last minute of their lunch-hour, making the most of the proximity of the CBD to the wonderful harbour. This Friday lunchtime, as we ate our lunch shading our eyes from the glint of the sunlight bouncing sharply off the sparkling water, the harbour became an aquarium before our eyes as we spotted a large stingray pass sleekly by. Surely there aren’t too many places in the world where a stingray would be your lunchtime company?!
Photo by CIA, Wellington Harbour, Wellington, New Zealand, 8 February 2013. In past weeks we have been reminded that the Wellington Harbour is so full of interesting sea-life – check out some of our other harbour wildlife encounters here and here.
I promised a couple of days ago that I would share some more pictures from my time spent this past week in the far North at Waitangi, for the annual commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Having left the camera at home, I had to make do with my cellphone, so the results aren’t the best, but they give at least a flavour of time in this special place…
The sixth of February is a day of special significance in Aotearoa New Zealand: Waitangi Day. This year, I had the opportunity to be part of celebrations and events for this national day at Waitangi. Spending the last few days in this special part of New Zealand has been an amazing experience; one of the highlights was marking the start of the day with a dawn ceremony. Not being a morning person, the fact I am saying that I actually enjoyed being up and about at 4:30am really says something. I was reminded that the dawn is a particularly incredible part of the day; as the depths of the darkness and the sparkle of the Milky Way gives over to the glow of sun on the horizon, it is a time of day where the world seems all at once full of possibility and overwhelming in its magnitude, whilst also peaceful, with the land, sea, stars, sun and sky all working together as one incredible whole. I will be sure to share some more pictures tomorrow.
View of the sun rising over the water from the Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand (looking towards Russell)
Photo by CIA, Waitangi, Far North, New Zealand, 6 February 2013.
It’s been a great summer, though not without its ups and downs. We’ve missed blogging a lot though.
And so, to kick things off for the new year, here’s a view of the beach and headland at Karekare*. There are some amazing falls nearby, and we kept walking, eventually finding a spot from which we could admire this magnificent view.
We’ve got some big plans this year, and are looking forward to sharing our progress with whoever of you out there is still keen on checking in on us. Whether you missed us or not, here we are again.
Photo by PJD, above Karekare beach, Karekare, West Auckland, New Zealand
* This is the beach where The Piano was filmed.