Category Archives: Napier

April 3, 2016 … road trip

Mary and I set out for a week in Napier,  We chose to take a back road because I had seen an image taken by a fellow club member of the Waihi waterfalls. I had never previously heard of these … Continue reading

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November 30, 2015 … from Clive towards the Kaweka Ranges

Yesterday was the day of wedding. It dawned fine and clear, and the bottlebrush tree outside the motel window was almost electric in its colouration.  Bees were humming around, and all was well with the world. We weren’t needed for … Continue reading

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June 21, 2014 … solstice sunshine

Yesterday morning, my windscreen was misted up on the outside, so naturally I turned my wipers on. Instead of wet clear glass, I got that mocking dry rasp of rubber blades bouncing on ice. The clear blue sky in Taradale … Continue reading

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June 20, 2014 … a journey in soft focus

The day was busy, in preparation for today’s funeral. Mary and I drove from Lower Hutt to Napier, pausing at Mt Bruce for a coffee break instead of our usual stop at Dannevirke. The coffee was less than stellar, but … Continue reading

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May 19, 2014 … from perfect morning to grey overcast

Yesterday was the day we came home. Before we left Napier, Mary spent some time with her mother and I was turned loose once again. It was a magically magnificent morning, clear blue sky, no wind, and a hint of … Continue reading

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May 18, 2014 … from bird-hide to the high country

Surplus to immediate requirements again, I was free to amuse myself. To the South of the Clive River estuary, there is a wonderful wetland area which is often home to a great variety of shorebirds.  I took my hide, my … Continue reading

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May 17, 2014 … at last the sunshine

Bright sunshine is good for the soul. The temperature to go with it would be nice, but you can’t have everything. Bluff Hill in Napier was sparkling, if somewhat chilly. Down below the port was busy with two ships working … Continue reading

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