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Whau Pod

Whau Pods

Whau Pods

On Saturday we had thick fog until late morning, and I found these beautifully decorated whau pods at the Arataki Visitor Centre. The Whau (Entelea arborescens) is a shrub or small tree, endemic to New Zealand.…

Auckland City from the West

Auckland City from Arataki Visitor Centre

Auckland City from Arataki Visitor Centre

One morning recently, I went to the Arataki Visitor Centre, hoping to take pictures of the city of Auckland in the morning sun. Alas, the background was bathed in the gold of the morning, but the city was under a massive cloud.…

Last Light over the City

Auckland, seen from the West

Auckland, seen from the West

These are the shortest days for us, the sun setting about 5:12 p.m. On my way home along Scenic Drive, I briefly stopped at the Arataki Visitor Centre, to watch the shadows of the Waitakere Ranges encroaching onto the city, as the sun set behind my back.…

Winter Evening

View from Scenic Drive

View from Scenic Drive

The view from Scenic Drive just north of the Arataki Visitor Centre. The bush of the Waitakere Ranges in the foreground, the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir, and the Manukau Harbour. In the sky, the lower clouds have already lost the sun, whilst the higher clouds still get a faint pink.…

Above the Clouds

Top of the Waitakeres

Top of the Waitakeres

We are at the lookout by the Arataki Visitor Centre, at about 400 metres above sea level. Below us the solid fog that dominated the weather on the southern fringe of the Auckland isthmus yesterday, in the distance the ridges of the Waitakere Ranges, and a blue sky with white clouds tops it all off.…

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