August 17, 2013 … spring is coming, resistance is futile

While Wellington was having all its seismic excitement yesterday, I was in Napier.

We took the scenic route (SH 50 and paused on the way to look at the pretty little village of Onga Onga .  Like many restored villages, it is a little contrived, but in the bright sunshine and with the snow-capped Ruahine ranges in the background it was all very nice.

The general store at Onga Onga

Note the snow on the mountains to the right

As you might notice from the signs on this building, our farming pioneers were versatile folk.

Jack of all trades

This is versatility

We drove on through the lovely pastoral landscape, past Tikokino and emerged eventually in the famous Gimblett gravels wine growing area at the back of Napier.

While Mary was busy with other things in the afternoon, I drove a little way along the Fernhill-Taihape road  and turned around near Pukehamoamoa and saw some delightful rolling farmland.

Rolling farmland

Everywhere are signs of spring

In case any of my Northern hemisphere friends are still clinging to the remnants of their summer, give up now! Resistance is futile. Spring is here, and we have the lambs to prove it.

prolific lambing

I think two of these lambs belonged to that particular ewe

By now the light was fading and I have just one more shot … a small lake on a farm somewhere to the South of the Taihape Rd.

Near the end of the day

Out in the back country

More tomorrow.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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