At the back of Yatton Park in Tauranga there’s a huge reserve with many large and historically significant trees. It was while out photographing the trees (and hoping to miss that rain you can see!) that I came across this scene. Instantly I was drawn to the colours! Rusty, earthy browns and grey provided a soft relief from the many shades of green where I was standing. Not that there’s anything wrong with green:)

I don’t know the name of the estuary that winds through all the tussock grass but I recently found a 2nd walking track that will lead me through it from a fork in the track at the Fraser Street Reserve (where the photos below were taken) back to Yatton park. One fine day I will make a point of going back to photograph this area specifically. I may even be lucky enough to capture some of the bird life that thrives here!

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Those of you who have visited my blog before will know that I am very happy with this shot! It is super cropped from a big/high resolution photo but I am still happy!

I took this at Yatton park, home of the many Autumn trees I posted in Autumn (who would have guessed! lol.) It is equally wonderful in spring. Rhodohendren’s and Magnolia’s are in full bloom and the birds are out of their winter hideaways. I had a fantastic time walking around under huge trees and soaking up the sounds of bird song and bird activity. Tui’s are plentiful now, a pair of them flirted with each other so close to me that I heard their wings flutter and I felt privleged to be able to witness there activity.  Fantail’s which are known for their friendly nature ‘chip-chiped’ from trees seemingly oblivious to me. If I was quiet enough I could even hear the blackbirds scratch about in the leaf litter. Time ran out on me and I was more than eluctant to return to my car. I didn’t get a good photo of the Tui’s (too fast for this shutterbug!) but with patience I am sure I would have gotten the photo I wanted. I will return!! The experience of being out in that environement has both calmed and charmed me! The other reason for my blissful state of mind is that I FINALLY have my new camera! Wahhhhoooo! No more spots for me! I am still getting used to it but I am a quick learner so watch this space!!

Lisa:)