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.
Photo by PJD, on a fine summer evening, Wellington 2013. CIA was a semi-willing accomplice.
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.
Between Christmas and New Year, we visited Canberra for a few short days. Among other things, we went bush walking in Woods Reserve.
We had meant to walk up to Gibraltar Falls, a walk we did many times when I was a child.
But the 2003 bushfires had destroyed much of the trail.
So, we walked as far as we could, then turned back to the car.
It was worth driving up.
I wonder though, what conclusions you could draw from the respective formative influences on CIA and PJD, of Karekare and West Auckland beaches like it, and the dry hot landscape of Canberra?
Photos by PJD & CIA, Woods Reserve and Gibraltar Falls, December, 2012. We didn’t see any snakes.
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.
Tonight as we drove West, a golden sunset drew our eyes to the horizon. The beauty before us reminded me of a golden sunrise which we were lucky to experience together earlier this year, during a very special trip to a stunning island.
Photo by CIA or PJD (who knows, it was after all five o’clock in the morning!), Fafa Island, Tonga, February 2012.
Tui, looking south, Mt Victoria Lookout
Tui, looking north, Mt Victoria Lookout
Photos by PJD, Mt Victoria, Wellington
In the weeks leading up to Wellington’s most recent world premiere, I was getting pretty excited, to be part of the spectacle (as a spectator!) and to soak up the atmosphere of the whole “Wellywood” celebration. But then work decided to rain on my parade and notify me that I would be needed in Auckland on the day of the premiere. What?! Nooooo! Disappointing, sure, but at least I got to experience it vicariously via PJD’s most excellent coverage here on foldedcranes. Seeing the way the city got into the spirit of the occasion and the joie de vivre shown by the city’s people has had me reflecting (from afar, up the island!) on what a truly lovely city Wellington is, and these photos, taken during the course of a long walk that we took together last weekend up Mount Victoria (one of the best vantage points from which to view the city panorama – and incidentally, a Lord of the Rings location site!), are a reminder that Wellington has a whole lot more going for it than just the odd world premiere or two. But those sure are cool, when they do happen. So, keep bringing it on Wellington, the world’s coolest little capital city for sure.
Halfway up Mount Victoria – looking towards Oriental Bay
Picnic in the long-grass? – further up Mount Victoria, looking towards Newtown, Brooklyn
At the summit – looking towards our compact little city
Look at that harbour! Beautiful.
Photos by CIA, Wellington, New Zealand, 24 November 2012.