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How Convenient! #7

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery

This classic brick convenience is on Acmena Avenue, Waikumete Cemetery.

Trees

Trees, Waikumete Cemetery

Trees, Waikumete Cemetery

Shot against the sunrise at Waikumete Cemetery.

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Morning of Gold

Sunrise

Sunrise

Auckland City bathed in the golden glow of the morning sun, Rangitoto Island on the left. Fine mist hugs the ground just after sunrise. Seen from Waikumete Cemetery.

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery and Rainbow

Waikumete Cemetery and Rainbow

We had quite an abundance of rainbows of late — and plenty of rain, too. Here I was driving through Waikumete Cemetery when suddenly the rainbow formed.

Note that it takes an extra wide angle lens (or panorama stitching) to capture the full rainbow.

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Anzac Day Dawn Parade — Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Anzac Day is a day of remembrance, in particular commemorating a battle at Gallipoli in 1915. Throughout the country, parades and commemorative services are being held, beginning in many places with a dawn parade. These are some impressions of today’s Dawn Service at Waikumete Cemetery.

The Cenotaph

The Cenotaph

The Parade Leaves the Court of Honour

The Parade Leaves the Court of Honour

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

Chapel of Faith in the Oaks

Chapel of Faith in the Oaks

Chapel of Faith in the Oaks

This chapel marks a corner of Waikumete cemetery, along Glenview Road, Glen Eden. It had fallen into disrepair and was fenced off for a considerable time, but eventually funds became available for a restoration. The refurbished chapel was re-opened on October 5, 2010. Here we see it in its night-time illumination.

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

Millennium Marker

Millennium Marker, Waikumete Cemetery

Millennium Marker, Waikumete Cemetery

The highest point in the huge grounds of Waikumete Cemetery is occupied by a water reservoir. Nearby is an area affording wide views across to the city of Auckland, an for the benefit of the viewer, a polished stone table indicates points of interest. In the foreground, and mostly hidden from view, various parts of the cemetery – the white building in the centre of the image is the crematorium and chapel; in the middle ground for example the Avondale racecourse, and then the landmarks against the horizon (from left): Rangitoto Island, Mount Eden, Mount Albert, and One Tree Hill.

The inscription reads: Millennium Marker // A Gift to Waitakere City from the Friends of Waikumete // 1st January 2000 // Created by Thompson Memorials and Trethewey Granite and Marble

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Millennium Marker, Waikumete Cemetery

Millennium Marker, Waikumete Cemetery

Poppy Day

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Today, April 25, New Zealand and Australia observe Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in Turkey (1915). From the commemoration of that ill-fated campaign, the day grew into a commemoration of all service personnel who died for their country, as well as honouring returned personnel.

Poppy Day is usually the Friday before Anzac Day, but this year was on the Thursday (because of Good Friday). On Poppy Day RSA volunteers offer poppies in exchange for a donation, the major fundraiser of the RSA for their welfare work with returned service personel.

On my visit to the Waikumete Services Cemetery last Thursday, I found these poppies wedged between two headstones.

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery

This is a block of graves in Waikumete Cemetery on a sunny morning. More pictures from the cemetery.

Why Did the Chicken Cross The Road?

California Quail (Waikumete Cemetery)

California Quail (Waikumete Cemetery)

Well, no, of course it’s not a chicken, but a California quail (Callipepla californica; this one is a male with its brighter coloration and bigger feather bush). And there are large flocks (called “coveys”) of them (30 or more birds at a time) on Waikumete Cemetery, which is not only a resting place for the departed, but a great place to go walking, watch the abundant birdlife, or study the varied vegetation.

California quail were introduced to New Zealand about 150 years ago and are quite common.

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