Lake Wainamu Dunes



As mentioned yesterday, work took me on a fun little outing on Friday to the lake and sand dunes but Bethells Beach on Aucklands West Coast. Over the next few days I’ll narrate my photos from the trip.

A 10 minute walk through open scrub land, off Bethells Road (heading to Bethells Beach) we hit the giant sand dunes of Lake Wainamu.

Formed around 400 thousands of years ago, these dunes are an impressive sight as one breaks through the bush.

Flowers by the Lake

Flowers by the Lake


Friday took me on a work outing out to the West Coast, walking around some wonderful and diverse scenery.

I took along my old 35mm Minolta XG1 and iPod in pocket. Over the next week I’ll share some of the walk, and the background of the area.

For today though, Ill leave it with a shot of ‘Flowers by the Lake’. I ran another half marathon today – my first run since last months half marathon. I managed to shave 12min’s off the previous time!

More tomorrow!

View of the Sea

Ocean ViewSunday been, a mate and I headed over to Piha on Auckland’s West Coast for some early morning shooting. The night before had seen a particularly heavy thunder storm, but welcomed the morning with a clear sky.

Oddly, the tide always seems to be more out than in when I head with camera to Piha. This day was no different.

Walking down the south side of the beach, I caught todays image of my mate looking out to the surf, towards the Tasman Sea.

On a very different topic, this week I have been participating in ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge.  A worldwide awareness program, Live Below the Line challenges individuals to live off $2.25 NZD (~$1.50USD/1Pound)per day for all their meals. I cant accept food donations, or use food from the garden without offsetting the cost. Its proving to be challenging and eye opening. Breakfast porridge is fine, but by evening my energy levels have been better! About  1.2 Billion people live on this amount every day, covering not only their food, but any other bits and pieces needing money.

I’d welcome any support, but equally, encourage others to get involved!


The Gannet Gang

The Gannet GangGannets are pretty thin on the ground this time of year at Muriwai. Give it a few more months and spring/summer should see them by the mass.

A few interesting facts:

  • Gannets eyes are far enough forward to give them binocular vision and allow them to judge distance well – which comes in handy when hunting/fishing
  • With the ability to achieve speeds of 100Kph (60Mph) in dive, they can catch fish deeper than many other surface diving birds
  • Unlike our Terns close relatives (see a few days back), Gannets are in no way at risk population wise with a LC (least concern) rating – their numbers are growing



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