Not far from my home on the West Coast of the North Island, New Zealand, there is more wild coastline.
Views from above this coastline can be gained from Whitireia Park, a reserve area which some years ago was farmed.
Standing on the high cliffs in the park there is almost always a wind blowing across this exposed site. It is bracing and exhilarating.
This high vantage point offers great views of Mana Island, a wildlife sanctuary.
The rocks are rugged and treacherous here as the Tasman Sea washes into the Porirua harbour entrance.
People use this stretch of coast and this park for all manner of recreational pursuits, both in the sea and on the land.
My visit was to record more of the beautiful landscapes that are found in the area in which I am fortunate enough to live.
Here are some photos from time spent in nature last weekend and words of upliftment and encouragement.
All that you can see has its roots in the unseen.
Forms change; essence remains.
Every sight will vanish, however gorgeous.
Every word will fade, however sweet.
But be strong of heart!
Where they come from is everlasting.
And renewing. Rumi
When I went for a walk around the pond at the Forest and Bird reserve last weekend I could hear lots of Piwakawaka (NZ Fantail) calling in their happy, friendly, chirpy manner.
This little one flew down on to the path in front of me and proceeded to hop towards me.
As you can see in this final image the little bird was on the move. They are rarely still for more than a second.
What I cannot show you is this bird, barely an arm’s length from me, on a branch of Kawakawa. My camera batteries died at just the wrong moment. Our Fantails are busy, flitty and flighty birds and despite its friendliness and courage this one did not wait for me to replace the batteries with fresh ones.
“The earth laughs in flowers”
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Late roses in my garden today.
My camera has been quietly resting for the last few weeks but I have been out and about on a few days in March this year.
Here are my favourite photographs from March. I really like the contrasts between the brown bleached hills and the lush greens seen in the trees and leaves of other photos. Nature showing so much of its best around or near my home.