I’ve been down to the Forest and Bird Reserve at Pauatahanui in the past couple of weeks in the hope of seeing and getting some photos of the Pied Stilt chicks.
My last trip was fruitless in terms of the Pied Stilts.
The family was feeding in the water in a part of the pond that was inaccessible. It was only the swooping parent bird who was trying to drive us away that alerted us to their location.
We sat in the hide and patiently waited but the tidal flow was all wrong for any photos of the birds but I liked the colours that were showing in this salty water, marshy, tidal pond.
It is such a harsh looking environment but this reserve of extensive wetlands is critical to so much of our natural environment in New Zealand.
The long spell of unbroken summer weather continues on here and earlier in the week I went for a walk along the Inlet on the Camborne Walkway.
I began my walk with this view ahead of me.
Sometimes nature puts colours together in ways that totally surprise me.
This self sown Aquilegia or Granny’s bonnet is nestled up against this 30 year old azalea, providing an interesting colour contrast.
The other total surprise here is the vibrant and dramatic flowering of this azalea.
I have never seen it bloom with such abundance and intensity in the 24 years I have watched it. The only thing that has been done differently is that I have rinsed out the 2 litre milk bottles on the way to the recycling bin and this plant has been the recipient of these very watery dregs.
Other aquilegias are flowering nearby in several different colourings. They are beautifully delicate in shape and shade.
The sky painters went to their pastel palette last evening to paint a sunset in tones of baby blue and pink for us to gaze at.
I noticed that within a minute or two of capturing these photos all the colours were completely gone.