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Choppy Waters

Kayaking

Kayaking

Kayaking at French Bay, Titirangi

Coastal Shipping

Milburn Carrier II at French Bay

Milburn Carrier II at French Bay

The Milburn Carrier II has delivered its load of cement and is on the way back to the South Island. High tide is needed to negotiate the channel.

The Manukau Harbour – opening from the Auckland Isthmus to the Tasman Sea – is too shallow for modern shipping. Its main use these days is to deliver cement from the South Island. By the end of next year these deliveries will also go to the Port of Auckland (on the other side of the isthmus), gfreeing up Onehunga wharf for more recreational use.

Two Ducks on the Water …

Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay

Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay

… two girls by the water, and one car in the water. A sad story unfolded since Friday afternoon, when this car was driven onto the soft mudflats of French Bay, and did not make it out when the tide came in. The second picture shows the situation on early Saturday afternoon, more or less at low tide, when the tide had flooded the car twice already. There are only 26 minutes between the top picture and the one at the bottom – showing how rapidly the water rises.

In the course of Saturday afternoon, a second car tried to help the first car out, unfortunately also striking difficulties. That second car was able to be towed to dry land, but not without getting wet. And another night submerged in the water for the first car…

If there is a lesson, it is that driving on sand is dicy enough, driving onto mudflats — well just don’t even think about it!

I have reported on a similar event at Armour Bay five years ago.

Saturday, 1:41 p.m.

Saturday, 1:41 p.m.

Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.

Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.

Nightfall

The Cloud

The Cloud

A big cloud towers over the Manukau Harbour, catching the last light of the setting sun. As the Low disappeared in the east, a chilly night ensued, followed by a crisp but sunny day. French Bay.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Optimists in the Mist

Optimists in the Mist

Optimists in the Mist

Yesterday we had a misty morning (same again today). The Optimist enthusiasts were out on the water at French Bay, practicing their capsize manoeuvres. (The big star on the sail is the sponsor’s mark: Southern Cross Travel Insurance.)

Optimists in the Mist

Optimists in the Mist

A Glimpse of Titirangi

From Lynfield Cove

From Lynfield Cove

Looking from Gilletta Reserve (Lynfield Cove) past the Blockhouse Bay boat ramp towards French Bay Yacht Club and the hills beyond. The high peak is Mount Donald McLean (398m), on the way from Huia to Whatipu.

Outgoing Tide

Outgoing Tide at French Bay

Outgoing Tide at French Bay

A distant low cloud creates a unique atmosphere over the tidal flats of Wood Bay, Titirangi.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Before Sunrise

Looking East from French Bay

Looking East from French Bay

In just a few minutes the sun will rise behind the Obelisk of One Tree Hill.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

A calm Morning (French Bay)

French Bay

French Bay

It is calm and the haze obliterates all features of the horizon. A peaceful place to welcome the light.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

A Grey Morning at French Bay

Morning at French Bay

Morning at French Bay

Only a hint of a sunrise greeted me when I had reached the bay. But soon any trace of colour disappeared, giving way to a dreary autumn day.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

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