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I was suprised to see these lovely birds step out of the shaddows so boldly! I was on my way back from my walk when I heared the rustle of dry leaves and to my suprise there were 3 females pheasents having lunch!

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This photo was taken on the walking track. The view looks across to Matakana Island. Near the area I took this photo were some Black Oyster Catcher’s and I’ve previously seen a large flock here during their breeding season. I will be going back ofcourse! 

 

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009You could be forgiven for thinking NZ was enjoying summer instead of Autumn in these photos! This is another Mount Maunganui photo taken at the start of the walking track that leads right around the base of the “mount.”

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I’m back! After a long month computer-less I am back in action again. Wheew!

I took these pics the day my computer went into the shop. It dosn’t look it here but the wind was so cold! It didn’t stop me enjoying the walk around the Mount though and I got some great quail and pheasent photos that I will be able to share soon:)

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I had thought I would post these a little sooner but a family emergancy meant other things took over! This is Opunake Beach. Opunake has world famous surf running along it’s coastlines and it hosts international Surfing championships. I lived here for 7 years and feel quite attached to the wild west coast and this great beach! You can see the volcanic origins of the sand in the marbling on the beach. The cliff tops are what form the black line on the map, the edge of NZ quite literally! I love this place! The singular rock doesn’t portray the rocky nature of the coastline very well, this area in particular had many ships run a ground of sink here in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The beach was initially intended to be the main port of Taranaki but proved to be far too rough and 2 major wharf’s fell victim to the sea.  Nature in all her beauty and wisdom obviously had other ideas!

One of the many flowers I discovered on my board walk was this large purple bloom.  It’s face upturned to the morning sun cast the lovely shaddow of the delicate stamen’s back on to the petals. It’s neighbour, a honey-suckle  looked equally pleased to see the morning!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009First of all I apologise to all of you who’ve been to visit my blog and there’s been nothing new! I have had one of those weeks were computer time has been very hard to find. I have been out and about with my camera though:)I had to take the car in for it’s 6 monthly warrant so I made the most of the time I would have spent waiting by going for a walk along the boardwalk near by. The Judea boardwalk is not it’s official name as it actually goes much further than Judea in  both directions.  It’s an interesting walk- the view, the wildlife and the diverse plants make it quite unique and if you’re a photographer it makes for a seemingly endless choice of subjects!

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If you have very good eyesight you can just make out the main port to the right of the Mount.

These are just a  few I took of the  views of Mount Maunganui and the grasses and mangroves that not only help filter the water but provide food and shelter for many types of wildlife.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009The white patches that can be seen here are spiders nests.Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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