Although I only had one day to spend in New Zealand sightseeing, thanks to my new found friend Tref, I managed to get to see far more than I would have on my own. Clicking on any of these photographs takes you to my New Zealand Through My Lens gallery.
I caught a Ferry which took me from Half Moon to Auckland. It was a stormy day and the bright light when it appeared was a striking contrast to the dark and angry storm clouds. I liked the way the silhouette of the lighthouse was haloed by the glow of the dramatic sky.
Gannet Rock With Gannets
Gannet rock is a beautiful natural habitat for these wonderful birds. As you can see here, they spill over into the cliffs around, where they breed. I could have spent all day here.
Gannets on the Rocky Cliff
These beautiful birds were constantly moving around, preening, squabbling, mating, nest building and generally having a great time.
Gannets, Gannets, Gannets!
A closer look at the gannets on the cliff shows the activity of gathering materials and arranging into what are their nests. These are pretty primitive rustic things, just a few sticks, feathers and bits of debris. They don’t seem to feel crowded as their personal space seems to be defined by slightly more than the distance each one could reach to peck his neighbour with his sharp beak.
The woodturning symposium in New Zealand where I was demonstrating finished on a Sunday and my flight wasn’t until Tuesday night. Thanks to the kindness of one of the attendees, Tref Roberts, I got to experience as much of the beauty of this country as was possible in one day. I had a whirlwind sightseeing tour of the area, where it was Spring time and the weather was very dramatic and changeable, which only intensified the experience on this unforgettable day. I will have a gallery of my images taken on that day and here is the first, on the shore of the beautiful North island.