22nd To 24th March 2019
Trip Leaders: Peter & Katherine
Trip Report: Sue B
All 22 participants arrived at varying times on Friday 22nd March. Most of us went to Tauranga Bay for the sunset and we were Not Disappointed!! Mother Nature had her Coat of Many Colours on. Over Wall Island there were flocks of birds in flight, creating amazing patterns.
Sat. 23rd. Up and at it for the sunrise at Cape Foulwind. Very subtle colours and the wonderful light on the rocks were well captured too. Back for breakfast, lunches cut, thermoses filled and off to the Denniston Plateau. A wonderful dose of West Coast coal mining history. Relics all over the place and that’s not including the live ones! We also had a good look at Friendship Hill, Burnetts Face and Coalbrooke Dale, the small settlement that was there once upon a time. Then up the coast through Granity to Charming Creek Walkway where there is more history of coal mining and timber milling. Katherine found an Entoloma (the blue one) and few other fungi were also recorded. Back to base for a sumptuous pot luck dinner, then off to Tauranga Bay for sunset. Could Mother Nature do it again?? Oh YES she could. And she DID!!!! The colours were stunning and reflections in the sand were great. Back for pudding!!
Sun. 24th. Up for sunrise. Some went to Cape Foulwind again, some to North and South Tip Heads. Others went to Orowaiti Lagoon for birds of which there were Spoonbills, a White Heron, Pied stilts and Shags. The colours and patterns in the sand at North Tip Head were amazing. Other subjects were fishing boats and surfers.
Cleaned up and off home via either the Lewis or Arthurs Passes.
Great weather, Great subjects, Great company.
Thanks Peter and Katherine for all your organisation.
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