Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 12, 2017

Looking Out

Filed under: Karekare,Piha — paul @ 7:01 am
Panatahi Island with Whatipu Sands in the Distance

Panatahi Island with Whatipu Sands in the Distance

The view south from Te Ahua Point. Panatahi Island (Karekare Beach) and Whatipu Sands.

April 1, 2016

Bird Track

Filed under: Birds,Karekare,Patterns,Theme Day — paul @ 7:07 am
Bird Track

Bird Track

Ripples in the sand on Karekare beach.

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July 4, 2015

Beach Walk

Filed under: Black and White,Karekare — paul @ 7:08 am
Footprints

Footprints

Footprints in the sand at Karekare.

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April 22, 2015

On Top of Panatahi Island

Filed under: Karekare — paul @ 7:14 am
Panatahi Island, Karekare

Panatahi Island, Karekare

We went for a little walk along Karekare beach yesterday, mild with a mellow sun and plenty of sea haze. Panatahi Island is a rocky outcrop about 170m high, accessible at low tide. When we were there (about halfway towards low tide), this fellow stood right up there, enjoying the view.

December 29, 2011

Windswept Manuka

Filed under: Karekare,Piha,Trees — paul @ 7:20 am
Manuka Tree, Hillary Trail

Manuka Tree, Hillary Trail

Shaped by the prevailing westerly winds, this manuka tree leans across the Hillary Trail near Mercer Bay.

December 23, 2011

Prime Position

Filed under: Insects,Karekare,Sky — paul @ 7:00 am
Two Spined Weevil

Two Spined Weevil

The weather started out with high cloud, just ideal for walking, but then it turned into drizzle and rain, clearing again, sort of, when we had reached the lookout point on the Hillary Trail, just above Karekare. A two spined weevil shared our elevated spot. The view in sunshine (without insect life) was shown earlier.

Panatahi Island and the Whatipu wetlands and sands in the distance.

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August 1, 2011

West Coast

Filed under: Clouds,Karekare,Piha,Theme Day — paul @ 7:09 am
Looking South on the Mercer Bay Loop Track

Looking South on the Mercer Bay Loop Track

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The Mercer Bay Loop Track has featured here before. It must be one of the most awe inspiring walks in the Waitakere Ranges, especially on a fine day like this, with or without massive clouds. I don’t know if this would sell as a postcard, but I would be happy to post it (can one still send postcards?), as it encapsulates much of what I enjoy about our West Coast in Auckland.

May 3, 2011

Mad Hatters — Karekare

Filed under: Fashion,Karekare,Smile — paul @ 10:29 am
Flo and Celeste

Flo and Celeste

Last Saturday’s Karekare Beach Races were preceded – as behoves a self-respecting race event – by a fashion competition: the Mad Hatters wild west hat competition. These two beauties caught my eye early on. Flo on the left with a very “green” construction and Celeste on the right with chocolates all around. Their efforts translated into success, with Flo winning the open section, and Celeste coming second in the under 12’s.

May 2, 2011

Karekare Beach Races

Filed under: Karekare — paul @ 7:06 am
Race 1, Karekare 2011

Race 1, Karekare 2011

Once a year the community of Karekare on Auckland’s West Coast has its legendary race day. Last Saturday’s event was to benefit the Lone Kauri Community School and Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club. Splendid weather, great food stalls, even Mr Miller’s coffee right there on the beach. The picture shows action in race 1.

April 11, 2011

Ferns

Filed under: Karekare,Piha,Plants — paul @ 6:57 am
Hound's Tongue Fern

Hound's Tongue Fern

Hound’s tongue fern grows quite commonly in coastal areas. This patch was found along the Hillary Trail between Piha and Karekare.

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