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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.…

Twisted

Gum Trees

Gum Trees

A row of twisted gum trees at the Waikumete cemetery. Established in 1886, it is one of the largest cemeteries in the southern hemisphere (108 hectares), and home to a large number of mature trees. …

Jewish Prayer House

Jewish Prayer House, Oratia

Jewish Prayer House, Oratia

Situated at 541 West Coast Road, the Oratia Cemetery is one of the smaller places of interment around Auckland. If you enter through the green gate, the view past the gravesites reveals this simple cottage of kauri weatherboards.…

Fluffy

Himalayan Fairy Grass

Himalayan Fairy Grass

The older, less maintained parts of the Waikumete Cemetery are covered with this grass: Himalayan Fairy Grass (miscanthus nepalensis). Like many pretty things, it’s classed as a weed (invasive, clumping).

Here the fluff in the sky competes with the fluff on the ground.…

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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