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From a Bush Walk

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Parataniwha and Fern Fronds

Looking down on lush growth of parataniwha and some golden-brown dead fern fronds along the way. (With a bonus puriri flower.)

Treescape

Spillway, Lower Nihotupu Reservoir

Spillway, Lower Nihotupu Reservoir

Always a fascinating place for photography, the curve of the spillway of the Lower Nihotupu reservoir had a shadow treescape for a bonus. Water levels are down after our long dry summer (the Watercare website said 62% full over all storage, about 73% for this reservoir. Remnants of sea cloud brush the hills.

Looking West

Looking West

Looking West

The view from Mount Eden, Waitakere Ranges in the background.

Wineberry Tree in Flower

Wineberry Tree

Wineberry Tree

The Wineberry Tree (makomako, Aristotelia serrata) is a very common tree – endemic to New Zealand – of up to 10m height, presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges. Birds like the berries and help spread the seeds.

In the picture below, I also caught a four spined weevil (top right).

Wineberry Tree

Wineberry Tree

Karo

Karo

Karo

Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium) is a shrub or tree with leathery leaves. Presently flowering in the Waitakere Ranges.

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

KÅ«marahou (Pomaderris kumeraho) is one of the harbingers of spring along the roadsides of the Waitakeres. Starting out as the palest yellow blush when in bud, the colour intensifies as the flowers open.

The plants are shrubs or small trees. They are also known as “gum diggers soap”, because, apparently, the flowers will lather up when rubbed with water. Leaves of the plant have uses in Maori medicine.

Unlike many of the blossom I like and photograph, this one is not a weed.

Pomaderris Kumeraho

Pomaderris Kumeraho

View of the Ranges

From Pukematekeo Lookout

From Pukematekeo Lookout

Near the northern end of Scenic Drive, just before going down to Swanson, is Pukematekeo Lookout. It used to be possible to drive up the hill, but recently I found the gate “closed for repairs”, resulting in unexpected exercise. But it is always nice to take in the view over the Waitakere Ranges, with the Tasman Sea to the West and Auckland City to the South-East. Embedded in the ranges lies Waitakere Dam, one of several dams in the area that supply drinking water to Auckland.

At the Dam

Lower Nihotupu Dam

Lower Nihotupu Dam

The service bridge to the Lower Nihotupu Dam.

Looking South

From Mount Donald McLean

From Mount Donald McLean

Late afternoon view from the lookout on Mount Donald McLean. Manukau South Head with a hint of the (replica) lighthouse. Mount Karioi in the distance. Manukau Harbour to the left, big Tasman Sea to the right.

Misty Morning

Fog in the Hills

Fog in the Hills

Probably the start of a fine autumn day.

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