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The day with two dawns

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As Phileas Fogg found to his great relief (in the form of a gain rather than a loss of £20,000), and I merely as a curiosity, travelers crossing the International Date Line from west to east gain a calendar day. For me the most recent eastward crossing of the Line took place on February 27th, which I remember as the day with two dawns. You’ve already seen pictures taken during the first one, which I lived through at Little Manly Beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of Auckland. The second dawn, shown through the safety of an airplane window and the convenience of an iPhone camera, came to me over the Pacific Ocean as we approached the California coast.

Here then, after five installments, you’ve finally reached the last of the photographs you’ll see from the great and fondly remembered New Zealand venture of 2015. Any of you who’d like to take a stroll (or more properly scroll) back through all 70 (!) of the posts about New Zealand may click here.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 24, 2015 at 4:56 AM

New Zealand: One more picture of pōhutukawa trees

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From Little Manly Beach early on the morning of February 27, my last day in New Zealand, here are a few pōhutukawa trees, Metrosideros excelsa, sprawling off a layered bluff and out over the flat-rocked shore.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 23, 2015 at 4:55 AM

New Zealand: Barnacles

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Here are three consecutively closer views showing the barnacles I found so plentiful on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula’s Little Manly Beach on the morning of February 27th. The way they’d colonized the seaside rocks in that part of New Zealand reminds me now of the way stonecrop colonizes little areas of flat limestone in central Texas.

UPDATE: Thanks to Linda Leinen for pointing out that what I thought were mollusks are barnacles, which in spite of their shells turn out to be crustaceans. Who’d have expected that? Steve Gingold had mentioned barnacles in his comment but I’d mistakenly thought he was referring to the dark objects.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 22, 2015 at 5:24 AM

New Zealand: What a difference a day makes

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The pleasant Georgia-O’Keeffe-esque cumulus clouds that I saw from Auckland’s One Tree Hill on the afternoon of February 26th gave way to these dynamic, partly wispy, sunrise-tinged ones above Little Manly Beach early on the morning of the 27th.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 21, 2015 at 4:54 AM

New Zealand: Rangitoto Island seen from Little Manly Beach early on the morning of February 27th

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If you’d like to learn more about the extinct volcano that is Rangitoto Island, you can read the website of the Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust or a Wikipedia article. And if you’d like a closer and more-abstract view of the rocks on Little Manly Beach by the dawn’s early light, just look down.

The sea now gets to lave the shore
That lava got to lave before.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 20, 2015 at 5:32 AM

New Zealand: Contrasting rock patterns from Little Manly Beach

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Here are two patterns with different color schemes and configurations from Little Manly Beach on the morning of February 27th. The first is swirly, while line-like elements call for attention in the second one.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 19, 2015 at 5:17 AM

New Zealand: Small shells aplenty

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You’ve already seen several pictures from February 26th showing natural features along Little Manly Beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. On that late afternoon I’d worked until the declining light forced me stop, even though there was more to do. On February 27th, my last morning in New Zealand before having to head to the airport around noon, I walked back down to the beach at dawn and picked up where I’d left off. Here you see the chaos of little shells and rocks I found in one spot.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 18, 2015 at 5:12 AM

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