New Zealand, "1000 shades of green" 2016
A bridge of colors
|Taylor Reserve, Malborough Region|
|Morning milk: compliments of our hotel|
On the way from Bleinheim to Havelock glowing farms and hills with dark green shadows were inviting. Havelock is known for its green lipped mussels which we had an opportunity to taste later in Akaroa in Banks Peninsula. They were scrumptious.
We hiked a section of the Queen Charlotte Track a 70 km trail starting in Anakiwa. It is a pleasant track, shady under the umbrella looking fern plants home to kingfishers, and king shags. Beneath the sharp cliffs on a sunken tree in the green waters were a small shark and a ray. At the end of 3 km, a single black swan was gracefully swimming at Davies Bay.
|Seals at the French Bay|
With the lambing season just being over in the Pigeon Bay Reserve on the north east side of the peninsula, the lambs were well-fed and timid. The emerald ocean mingles with the green hills speckled with macrocarpo trees bent with the intense wind of open lands. It was a day to remember for all of us.
|Pigeon Bay Reserve|
Lake Pukaki offered stunning views of Mt Cook which was taken back the next day with the clouds hiding the majestic peak.