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Lion Rock, Piha

Lion Rock, Piha

Lion Rock, Piha

The view is from North Piha beach towards the south, with Lion Rock straight ahead (101m high), the rocky outcrop of the Nun to the far right and Camel Rock (Taitomo Island) just to the left of the Nun.…

Pou Whenua: Te Piha (Lion Rock)

Pou Whenua: Te Piha (Lion Rock)

Pou Whenua: Te Piha (Lion Rock)

Lion Rock (te piha) is the dominant feature of Piha (picture below) on Auckland’s West Coast. It used to be possible to go right to the top, but the path has deterorated and now it is closed off about halfway up.…

Artist and Model

Lion Rock and Dave Clark

Lion Rock and Dave Clark

Yesterday, Queen’s Birthday Monday afternoon, we went to Piha to enjoy the sun and fresh air. Right where we parked the car, we found painter Dave Clark working en plein air on a beach scene with Lion Rock as the central feature.…

Bluebottle

Bluebottle (Portuguese-Man-o-War, physalia physalis)

Bluebottle (Portuguese-Man-o-War, physalia physalis)

On our Sunday walk along Piha beach yesterday, we encountered a good number of these bluebottles (Portuguese-Man-o-War, physalia physalis). The tide was way out, and they were left behind. These jellyfish-like creatures normally float on the surface of the ocean, moving as the wind catches in their inflatable air bladder and sail.…

Bullseye!

(Top image removed at the artist’s request; 05/01/2015)

Wellington ceramic artist Raewyn Atkinson kindly posed for me with her work “Wasters” at the Art Fair. A circular arrangement of millions of   numerous cup handles, found at the beach in California (the mind boggles trying to imagine the scenes of mass destruction which led to such a serendipitous outcome — don’t they know how to handle crockery over there?).…

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