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New Zealand: the retrospective from a year ago concludes

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Well, folks, it’s been fun reviewing some of the sights and sites that made our 2017 visit to New Zealand so memorable. I’ll admit it’s not hard to do that in such a scenic country.

Like the past several posts, here’s a last one from Cathedral Cove on March 7th. It’s something that Georgia O’Keeffe might have felt right at home with if you allow dried-out driftwood to take the place of a sun-bleached animal skull.

I’d planned to take pictures for one more day on this trip, and in particular I wanted to go back to Whangaparaoa, where I’d seen some colorfully appealing patterns on Little Manly Beach in 2015. Alas, even as we drove back to Whitianga from Cathedral Cove, drops began to fall (look at the dark sky in the upper left of the photograph), and the rain continued heavily all through the night. When we went to check out of our apartment the next morning to head for Auckland, the manager told us that so much rain had come down that both roads off the Coromandel Peninsula were washed out. We ended up spending an extra day in Whitianga with little to do, given the yucky weather. By the morning of March 9th, one of the two roads off the peninsula had reopened and we made it to Auckland with a few hours to spare before we had to check in at the airport for our flight home. Adiós, New Zealand.

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March 10, 2018 at 4:44 AM

New Zealand: the gull below and the gull above

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Here are two portraits of gulls from Cathedral Cove on March 7, 2017. The first gull was down at the level of the cove drinking from a shallow pool formed by water falling from the top of the cliff high above (the second picture in yesterday’s post gives you a sense of how high up that was). The bird was near the edge of the pool, away from the heaviest falling of water. Notice the ripples spreading from a drop’s point of impact, along with a few droplets that had splashed up.

I took the second picture after we’d made the arduous hike back up to the carpark, where I couldn’t help noticing that several gulls were walking or standing on the roofs of cars parked there (no, not ours). This gull was on top of a white car, whose roof largely blended with the clouds when I hunched down a bit and aimed slightly upward to avoid details in the background.

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March 9, 2018 at 4:50 AM

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New Zealand: more from Cathedral Cove

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A year and a day ago today we visited Cathedral Cove on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you how some massive pōhutukawa trees, Metrosideros excelsa, clung to the cliffs there. The picture above reminds me of a Chinese landscape painting. The photograph below shows how some new pōhutukawa trees were (and no doubt still are) making a go of it on an adjacent cliff.

And here’s an additional look at the interesting textures on a part of the cliff adjacent to another pōhutukawa:

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March 8, 2018 at 4:55 AM

New Zealand: Cathedral Cove cliff textures and colors

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A year ago today we visited Cathedral Cove on New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula. Have a look at some of the cliffs’ textures and colors.

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March 7, 2018 at 4:38 AM

New Zealand: large and small projections

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On March 6, 2017, we followed New Zealand’s State Highway 25 north through and beyond Thames on our way to Whitianga. In one place on the west side of the Coromandel Peninsula we saw this roughly conical rock projecting out of the shallow water in the Firth of Thames. Yes, that’s another pōhutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) at the top of the rock. Elsewhere on the beach I looked down at contrastingly small projections wind-rippled up from the sand.

And look how another pōhutukawa projected out over the craggy rocks along the shore:

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March 6, 2018 at 4:43 AM

New Zealand: colors at Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley

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A year ago today we spent a few hours at the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley in Rotorua. One thing that caught my attention was the small geyser shown above. The second photograph shows the colors adjacent to the geyser. (You can connect the two pictures using the log common to both.)

And here are other nearby colors:

But nothing there beat the color of Inferno Crater Lake:

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March 5, 2018 at 4:40 AM

New Zealand: a colorful sunset

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I’d forgotten that a year ago today we saw this great sunset at Napier.

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March 4, 2018 at 4:57 AM

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