Kerole's Rambles


MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Kerole's Rambles

8 Jul '14 11:17 pm
Kerole wrote:The road is the park's public thoroughfare. It is open for cars and pedestrians alike.

I love the trees forming a canopy over it.

Oh, I meant to say, I love the crazy grey chook too!

Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Waitakere Ranges

9 Apr '15 10:47 am
These photos are from one of our walks through the Waitakere Ranges (Why-TACK-ah-ree). There are several tracks of varying lengths that criss-cross through the bush land. The track we took wound through the native bush, climbing steadily before reaching the lookout. The 360 degree views from here are breathtaking.

The Waitakere National Park is 16,000 hectares of native forest and coastline, and includes 250km of walking tracks. It was the first National Park in NZ. In 1894 a group of university scientists persuaded the Auckland City Council to preserve 3,500 acres (14 km²) as a bush reserve, and in 1895 the national Government vested the land as "reserves for the conservation of native flora and fauna".

The NZ forest is basically colourless aside from all shades of green and brown. But the textures are very beautiful.
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This is he view from the carpark!
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Auckland city with the Skytower.
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The start of the track has a tunnel with murals on the walls.
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Pongas (pronounced Punga), tree ferns - ubiquitous NZ plant.
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Love the green textures of the bush.
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An anti-rat and stoat campaign was underway.
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As was an all-out effort to reduce the risk of spreading a plant disease that kills mature Kauri trees. The tracks had disinfectant stations throughout.
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Spray your footwear before your enter.
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Picnic areas were just as pretty as the walking tracks.
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At the lookout. This statue has all sorts of emblematic stuff in it, including hikers ascending steps and a built-in birdbath and 'waterfall'.
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Last edited by Kerole on 10 Apr '15 11:07 am, edited 2 times in total.

Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

...Continued

9 Apr '15 10:54 am
More from the Waitakere Ranges.
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The under gardeners loved the little water basin in the sculpture.
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View from the Lookout
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Looking at a dam in the distance.
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See the dam?
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The track back down.
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Cabbage trees (Cordylines), equally ubiquitous.
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I could have made a whole post on the study of unfurling fern fronds!
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moosey
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Re: Kerole's Rambles

9 Apr '15 3:20 pm
Wow - I know what you mean with those blue sky fern fronds/ The patterns are amazing. Thanks so much for a) posting some lovely pictures and b) cheering me up (am having an OK but moochy day) and c) not trying to sell me a kitchen.

The undergardener looks to be a rather strong grower! Cheers, and lovely to hear from you, M
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MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Kerole's Rambles

10 Apr '15 2:03 am
Lovely photos! I appreciated the explanation of the pronunciation. Unfurling fern fronds are one of my favourite things, they are so interesting. Adorable photo of the under gardener.

fenwillow
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Fraser Valley, BC, Canada

Re: Kerole's Rambles

10 Apr '15 8:58 am
I love the explanation of the pronunciation too. We're currently having a series on TV that is called Australia - not New Zealand which would be lovely too. It's amazing to hear the names of many of the locations there. Some, as in Canada, are named after explorers or famous British people, but some still have the original name given by the first people. In Canada we have recently changed some of our place names back... for example, the islands off our west coast used to be called the Queen Charlotte Islands, but now they're called Haida Gwaii, pronounced Hyda Gwy. Naming things is an important part of history, isn't it...
FenWillow,
Fraser Valley, British Columbia
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Kerole
A Gardener of Disrepair
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: Kerole's Rambles

10 Apr '15 11:17 am
I wouldn't dream of trying to sell you a kitchen Moosey! Aren't they such a bore.

NZ is also having a crack at reintroducing some Maori place names. Some to better effect than others. Some European names are just too entrenched to be given up so easily. Our highest mountain Mt Cook is now known as Aorangi Mt Cook (AY-or-rang-ee with a soft g). It is so good to see the youngsters embracing the Maori language. My generation's schooling was pretty poor in this regard.

MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Kerole's Rambles

10 Apr '15 6:54 pm
Australia changed Ayers Rock back to Uluru, though overseas visitors still seem to be more familiar with the previous name.
Aorangi with a soft g? Oops, I've been getting that wrong. :oops:

Kerole
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Taupaki, New Zealand

Re: Kerole's Rambles

10 Apr '15 7:24 pm
Like Orangutan not orange.
Not to worry MacFlax, there are plenty of Australian place names that would suffer under my pronunciation!

MacFlax
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Canberra, Australia

Re: Kerole's Rambles

10 Apr '15 8:41 pm
I'm confused. :(

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