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Moehau Community

Posted on 30 April, 2019 at 5:50 Comments comments (0)

In the course of my work for the bamboo society,  I have had a reason to visit the Moehau Community near the tip of the Coromandel Peninsular.  If you have a map, look for "Sandy Bay"  on the eastern side of the Coromandel,  near the tip.  Moehau is the highest part of the whole Coromandel Peninsular.  The Moehau Community  is just above Sandy Bay, and just below Moehau. Moehau is a mountain, but we don't say Moehau Mountain, or Mt Moehau.  We just say ...

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Spalted Crabapple

Posted on 22 April, 2019 at 22:40 Comments comments (0)

A few days ago, the "Centre" for which I am a committee member had some trees cut down.  Seven of these were "Cabbage trees".  The wood is fibrous and not really suitable for woodwork.  One of the trees was an old crabapple, that had a large fungus growing in the trunk.  It was dying and growing rotten.  However, some of the wood could still be alright.


This foto shows some of th...

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It Has Rained

Posted on 16 January, 2019 at 22:25 Comments comments (0)

Raining in January in Hawkes Bay's summer is something unusual.  But it did..... for three days.  So I went out with my trusty camera.

This is the Ngaruroro.  It is usually pretty low.  Its not now.


It is full.. of dirty water.



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A days outing to Ruapehu

Posted on 9 January, 2019 at 20:45 Comments comments (0)

Mount Ruapehu is just a few hours drive away.   You take the Napier-Taihape road.  That gets you to Waiouru.  Waiouru sits under the mountain. 


After we cross through the range of hills joining the Kawekas to the Ruahines, we come to a high level plateau of good country.  This view looks along to the Ruahines.  We are just less than 1000m above sea-level here. 

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January Sunrise at the Beach.

Posted on 9 January, 2019 at 16:15 Comments comments (0)

I got up early and got into to my car and drove to the beach before sunrise.  It was  already a beautiful day.


Much of the earth is grey, but the sky!!



Some mist shrouds Te Mata Peak and the surrounding hills.  Fisherman are out early drowning bait. The sun is at least ten minutes away.

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Balls Clearing #5

Posted on 27 December, 2018 at 19:35 Comments comments (0)

The sun, hidden behind the trunk, plays magic with the shape of the tree.






Fungus plays an important part in breaking down fallen wood.




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Balls Clearing #4

Posted on 25 December, 2018 at 20:40 Comments comments (0)

The tree fern is found in almost every bit of bush in the North Island.  It is less common but not unknown in the South Island.





This is a fotograf of SUNLIGHT!!  [Not the soap either.]




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Balls Clearing #3

Posted on 25 December, 2018 at 4:05 Comments comments (0)

This is the compound leaf from a better perspective.  Seven leaves make up,  as a whole, a single leaf. 





The fern leaf is the compound leaf par excellence.  One large leaf made up of many smaller ones.  The smaller ones in tu...
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Balls Clearing #3

Posted on 24 December, 2018 at 2:15 Comments comments (0)

This is a peppery plant that is quite common in the bush.  It is sometimes referred to as bush pepper.




You can see the compound shape of the leaves.  Seven individual leaves make a total shape that also resembles a leaf.


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Balls Clearing #2

Posted on 22 December, 2018 at 22:35 Comments comments (0)

Some more fotos from the reserve at Balls Clearing

Tree ferns abound in this bush.  So do big trees.





This is the trunk of a Kahikatea, the tallest tree in the NZ bush.






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