I have had this week off work, my first leave in a long time! Of course, this has coincided with summer ending and winter reminding us of rain, cold and wind. Still, not to be discouraged, I managed to get some reasonable photos this week, both aviation and landscape. This weekend Candice and I went exploring in the wind and rain. On Saturday we drove up to Muriwai. At this time of the year there aren't any gannets, but the landscape is still pleasing to see. It was very windy, cold, with passing heavy downpours. Previously when I've been to Muriwai in summer, the cafe has been over crowded and busy - best to be avoided! Being a miserable day, there weren't too many people there. The coffee was good and the wedges with sour cream and plum sauce were amazing. After Muriwai we drove up the back roads to Helensville, then continued up the peninsula towards South Head of the Kaipara Harbour. Along the way there are some lakes, the biggest of which is Lake Ototoa. This apparently is a misspelling of Lake Rototoa which has been continued on. As you continue, the last few kilometres of road are gravel. At the end there is a pathway that goes down to the cliff lined coast. It wasn't the day to walk it, but maybe next time!
On Sunday we again went out exploring. Now that we're Auckland residents, entry to the Museum is free. I won't bore you with photos from there, but there are some quite interesting things to look at. After lunch we went out to Beachlands and Maraetai. Both these areas seem a lot more developed than when I last went out that way. For me it is too far from the city, but many seem to enjoy the lifestyle. Cold winds prevailed, and rain showers were on and off. Between showers there were some nice scenes to be photographed, finishing off with some long exposure captures of the wharf.