One Word Photo: A Serendipitous Visit to Auckland

Looking over to Rangitoto Island-018

Good morning from a freezing Hastings day.  There has been quite a lot of snow north of us, closing the main road from Napier to Taupo.  But we generally don’t get it where I live.  But it still means a freezing time for us too.

So onto something a bit warmer.  Jennifer from Jennifer Nichole Wells has asked us for our photos of sandstorm.

Sooo, where do I find photos of sand.  Or storms.  I thought about it all day yesterday.  Our beaches here in Napier tend to be stony and rocky, very little sand.  Plus I wanted to have some different photos.

Sooooo, this morning I did a bit of digging.  I started searching right back in my archives on my hard drive.  At least I still had photos going back to 2006, when I brought my first big digital camera.  It was a great camera with a leica lens.  I had some money from the sale of my house so used it for a new computer and decent camera.  My ex-husband used it a lot for his work, so I had to do a bit of deleting while I was going through them.  My hard drive is fulling up fast so that is not a bad thing.  It was funny seeing my children from back then too.

These photos are from a trip to Auckland in February 2007.  My ex-husband loves classic cars and we would go up to a big car show in Kumeu, north of Auckland.  We did a bit of sightseeing too.  I grew up in Auckland, so I wanted to show my children my home town, so to speak. These photos are taken at Takapuna beach, the first one looking over to Rangitoto Island.  An extinct volcano.

Takapuna Beach, Auckland-067

Someone had some fun driving around on the sand.

Looking Over towards Auckland CBD-054

And you can just see some sand right in the foreground while looking over towards the CBD.  This skyline is so different to what I remember from growing up in Auckland. It was fun doing the touristy things that one normally doesn’t do when you actually live in the city.  That meant for me catching the ferry from the CBD to the North Shore and wandering around the beach.

So I hope you enjoyed my little visit to Auckland which is also my photo story prompt for Marilyn’s challenge over at SERENDIPITY.

One Word Photo Challenge: Sandstorm

One Word Photo Challenge: Sand Storm



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Copyright Raewyn Forbes


19 thoughts on “One Word Photo: A Serendipitous Visit to Auckland”

  1. Very nice crisp pictures. Lots of great detail and I love the patterns in the sand. I love the volcano and the dark leaves framing the sky. Great shots, gorgeous beach. More than ever, I would love to visit!!

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  2. I recognized Rangitoto Island immediately, though I normally saw it from the Whangaparaoa Peninsula a little farther north. On my first afternoon in the country I took that ferry from Devonport to downtown Auckland (the CBD, as you call it).


  3. The Auckland skyline has changed even more since you took that shot! I hate to admit, but I love the Kumeu Car Show. I’ve taken my son and one of his friends a few times and it is just such a total Westie institution.


    1. I have just posted another photo of the skyline from the same time. It is so different to when I was growing up. I couldn’t believe it. Even Lynfield, where I grew up is completely developed – it was a new subdivision and we were one of the first families to build there. My parents cashed in the family benefit to build for 2000 pounds in the mid 60’s. I didn’t recognise it at all.

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      1. It seems like every time I go somewhere in Auckland I haven’t been for a while (“while” might just mean a few weeks), there is a building site. I walked along Upper Harbour Drive recently and found three old houses had been demolished and were about to be replaced with modern monstrosities. And don’t get me started on what’s happening around Riverhead!!!!!


      2. That’s really sad. Particularly as the older houses are often of much higher quality, and would outlast many of the new houses being built now. I’ve lost count of how many “new buildings” have had to be totally re-clad because they are leaky. And recently I read that the council is concerned about the low quality of workmanship on many of the new developments. They reckon their inspectors just can’t pick up all the mistakes that are being made. Cheery thought isn’t it.


  4. Great shots! I’m glad you had fun going through your archives. I need to come up with a better way to store my images, as I’m pretty heavily bogging down my computer at the moment. I’m drawn to your second image- the patterns in the sand, the bright sky…


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