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Category: Waikumete Cemetery

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.…

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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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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.…

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