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Taranaki Landscapes 3

The counter on the camera has just clocked its 5000th photo in a little over one year. This collection is an assortment of summer bits and pieces from various tramping trips and bus journeys up and down the coast. An index is at the page bottom.

 

Mokau coast

 

... its a great place to stretch the legs on the long journey north

 

View framed by pines while staying at a farm near Inglewood

 

Picture window #2

 

Old lahar mounds

 

But otherwise its relatively flat around Inglewood

 

Climbing lahar mounds at dusk

 

Looks like a dewey morning I know but its just the light from behind

 

Swan, Lake Mangamahoe

 

Summer now, haymaking in full swing, snow retreating fast

 

A lazy weekend out in Waiaua Gorge. The Oananui decided to take a shortcut down the Waiaua River, causing major detour for trampers

 

Some great flower watching was had

 

Clematis

 

Mountain buttercup

 

Pre-xmas Syme pilgrimage

 

Curtis ridge fresh out from under its snow blanket

 

Still a bit of snow lingering

 

Great spot for relocating ones peace of mind

 

Sans ice

 

Plonked on top of one of the windiest and most exposed places you can find

 

Pretty murky...again.

 

Glimpse of summit

 

Interesting melt patterns

 

Dawson falls and Stratford behind

 

Scenic route from Pirongia to Awakino

 

via Kawhia

 

And the lovely Te Puia beach

 

Theres hot springs there but only at very low tides

 

Mount Karioi

 

Mahoe river estuary, looking left

 

Ditto, looking right

 

Marokopa magic, looking right

 

Looking left. Photogenic spot

 

Thats Marokopa village

 

Access to Waikaukau beach

 

Emerging onto the beach

 

Wild and really really quiet. Left...

 

and right.

 

Back to the bus

 

Curtis falls. Another lazy weekend East Egmont-Maketawa

 

The low route is not bad as far as the woods goes, lots of ladders and gorge crossings

 

The mountain has a late spring growth flush

 

Pre dawn glow over volcanic plateau

 

Sun peeks up

 

About 5 minutes later

 

Creates a pool of orange oozing over the region

 

and the north taranki coastline

 

Then the sun redisappears into the cloud band

 

Reminds me of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

 

And lastly came these light rays

 

It just got better and better. Maketawa sure does great sunrises

 

Couple hundred photos all told

 

Thats Maketawa hut perched on the ridgeline

 

 

Up the puffer in the mist

 

Home via the high route

 

Mightymouse

 

Which is a lovely womble

 

Especially if you`re into shades of lime

 

The ski field, dormant now

 

Parting views

 

Bye for now

 


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