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Bushwalk

Karamatura Loop Walk

Karamatura Loop Walk

A popular walk in the bush near Huia.

Dusk

Dusk

Dusk

The sun had just disappeared behind me when I reached this vantage point on Scenic Drive. The land and city getting ready for the night, the expanse of the Waitemata Harbour, a hint of the Harbout Bridge and the volcanic Rangitoto Island, all under the fading colours of the sky.

Nihotupu Falls

Nihotupu Falls

Nihotupu Falls

It was a mainly dull and grey afternoon today when I was walking down from Piha Road to the falls of the Nihotupu Stream. There are in fact three falls along that track, this is the lowest of them, marking the upper end of the Upper Nihotupu Reservoir (one of the dams supplying Auckland with water).

Nihotupu Falls

Nihotupu Falls

The Guard

The Guard

The Guard

Teddy has taken residence at the gate to the Lower Huia Dam, drawing attention to the signs about track closures (to protect healthy stands of kauri from the dieback disease which is spread through foot traffic).

Fungal Idyll

Fungal Idyll

Fungal Idyll

A walk on Rangemore Track, looking for fungi, resulted in just one image. Well choreographed fungi on a branch well past its best.

Bright Green

Bright Green

Bright Green

This rock in Jenkins Bay, South Titirangi, has grown a fine winter coat.

Daydreaming

Reflective

Reflective

Mesmerised by the reflections of a tree in the stream.

Mamaku

Mamaku

Mamaku

The Black Tree Fern (Mamaku, Cyathea medullaris) has characteristic marks on the stem where stipes have broken off.

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

The Stream

The Stream

The Stream

As the country goes wild after the win of the All Blacks over the Springboks, we offer a picture of relaxed calm…

Taken at the Auckland City Walk, an easy one hour amble through bush with birdsong all around you. This is the Waitakere Stream where it is joined by the Cascades Stream.

Save the Kauri

Cleaning Station at Arataki Visitor Centre

Cleaning Station at Arataki Visitor Centre

Spray bottles of trigene await the visitor to a bush walk in the Waitakeres (and some paths are closed to prevent contamination). In combination with brushes (not visible in the picture) this is a measure to prevent the spread of the Kauri dieback disease, a soil borne disease (Phytophthora taxon Agathis, PTA) which is seriously threatening our remaining stands of kauri, an iconic native tree (agathis australis).

  • Clean your gear: remove soil before and after forest visits;
  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.

Read more about kauri dieback here and here.

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