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A walk by the water

Yesterday, the second half of the year began and with the weather pretending to be springlike we went for a stroll along the edge of the Pauatahanui Inlet. The light from the sun was golden, the air still in sheltered spots and the temperature surprisingly mild.

Birdlife was abundant and active, although a low tide meant photographs were tricky to take, even with a zoom.

The White faced Heron was happy to show its elegant footwork once we sat down and were quiet. It appeared to have plenty of food on offer in the shallows.

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This spot is a favourite for the local Kingfisher population and there were plenty about. They like to sit in the trees, scope out their next meal (mostly small mud crabs) and dive swiftly to catch it.

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This one was more than happy to sit on a rock and look about. It looks very well fed!  Camera gear and equipment needs to be much more elaborate than mine to get good photographs of these zippy, beautiful birds.

These flowers (Kniphofia) displayed winter warmth.

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Our stroll took us past Toe Toe, which always respond to any breeze or wind blowing and can look very stream-lined and active.

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Then past this tree having shed its leaves but glowing with life still. ( The strength of the prevailing wind can be seen in its shape – we really do have tree-bendy winds here)

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And the light on the water was magical.

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Stillness and Light

Earlier in the week, as the last hour of sunshine filled the garden and the incessant wind had dropped, I went into the garden with my camera.
Lovely light on the Kowhai tree leaves.
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Even the Tuis were happy to sit still for me on this occasion.
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We could hope for more of the same with summer officially beginning this week.

At the end of the day

The day here has been glorious. Warm, sunny, and only a slight breeze blowing. The light called me out after dinner and we headed to Motukaraka Point on the other side of the Pauatahanui Inlet.

Here are some light photos that drew my eye.
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We also stopped and watched wild rabbits feeding on the lush spring grass and enjoyed two lively Kakariki….no photos of those yet on my camera but here is one from the NZ Birds online website.
redcrowned parakeet or Kakariki

Sometimes……

Sometimes when you live with a flock and have responsibilities to fly Point, or to wheel back and encourage everyone else from out on the wing, you need to take time out.

Then just float, allowing the surprising warmth of the spring sunshine to soak into you deeply, to find a still spot, a quiet spot to reflect and rest.
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Drift along a little when you feel ready and perhaps move gently in pleasant surroundings, gathering energy, filling your reserves.
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Simply watching the ripples, the reflections and the play of light on water.
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