Te Henga Dune Convenience
Suppose you are in the middle of nowhere on a sand dune like the one shown in yesterday’s post. And suppose nature calls. Then you will be relieved to find this place (just to the right of where the second image yesterday was taken). And look how lovingly it has been decorated with art and poetry, to provide a fulsome experience.
By Trude Bethell:
Sing me a song of the wind
breathe me the fresh Tasman sea air
grant me my wish dear
while I am at peace within
Our beautiful Te Henga
sensing, holding, being,
grand and strong as you are
Family Community United
We stand in awe with feet in
And by Bobby:
Stop a while to pause and see,
Be still within,
breathe deep and
(More Monday Murals at Oakland Daily Photo.}
Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel
Lake Wainamu lies just inland from Te Henga (Bethells Beach). A lovely little lake whose dominating feature is the giant sand dune of black sand. We took about an hour for the walk around the lake on a fine Saturday afternoon.
Self Portrait with Lake Wainamu
Rock Fishing, O’Neill Bay
O’Neill Bay is just north of Bethells Beach (Te Henga), marked by rugged rock formations (conglomerate). Beyond this outcrop lies the Tasman Sea and maybe a fish or two?
Five Pied Shags
In fluent Latin I present to you a group of five pied shags (pied cormorants in Australia), beaks pointing straight forward, eyes firmly looking sideways, as I moved closer to the end of O’Neills Bay on our Auckland West Coast.
Phalacrocorax varius is the latin name of the species, and if you google the plural of the word, you find that Pliny the Elder (AD23-79) wrote about them in his Natural History (and in Latin, he was fluent, I am not).
Crossing a Stream
Crossing the shallow Waitakere Stream at Te Henga (Bethells Beach) in brilliant afternoon sun.
For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.
View my growing list of selfies.
On the way to Bethells Beach.
Nikau Leaf Unfurling
On a recent outing to Forest and Birds’ Matuku Reserve above the Bethells wetlands, I noticed this beautiful colour in amongst the predominantly brown/grey and dark green tones: The young shoots of the Nikau palm (rhopalostylis sapida) start out as tightly packed spikes which then open out gradually, harmonica style, revealing these unexpected hues.
Te Henga Wetlands
I stopped on my way back from Bethells Beach, to have a look at the expansive wetlands in the lower Te Henga valley. It is winter, and the reeds are showing their seasonal (dis)coloration. We are looking towards the west, behind the ridge is O’Neill Bay.
This is a haven for water fowl: various kinds of ducks, swans, pukeko, etc.
Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.
Looking at You
We met at Te Aute Ridge Road, Bethells Beach, on a cold morning and we were both glad to be wearing our woolly jumpers.
Painted Boxes: Kelp and Snapper
(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)
This transformer is at Bethells Beach, on Auckland’s West Coast. Painted by an unidentified artist, it depicts kelp and snapper – appropriate for the coastal location.