I have been really slack on posting to the bog later so I promise that over the next couple of days I will bring it up to date with everything that has been happening since the last posting in December.

Christmas this year was very special in that we got to spend it in Auckland with my family including my new granddaughter. During the time we left my youngest daughter there with her older brother and my wife (Vicky) and I did a road trip up north. In fact over the fours days we were away we went as far north as it is possible to go in New Zealand. Right up to Cape Reinga.

Now I do not profess to be a landscape photographer and therefore the images below basically cover aspects of the trip that sparked some interest in me along the way.

The east coast beaches contained mixtures of trees and mudflats. This shot was taken just north of Whangerei

The east coast beaches contained mixtures of trees and mudflats. This shot was taken just north of Whangerei

One of the things that is very attractive on Northland beaches are that the Pohutekawas grow right down to the sand. This is taken a Whale Bay

One of the things that is very attractive on Northland beaches are that the Pohutekawas grow right down to the sand. This is taken a Whale Bay

Light streams through dark bush

Light streams through dark bush

Occasionally you would see where people had a sense of humour.

Occasionally you would see where people had a sense of humour.

All over New Zealand you will find fences that people have adorned with objects. This one was just north of Kaitaia

All over New Zealand you will find fences that people have adorned with objects. This one was just north of Kaitaia

This boat had definitely seen better days.

This boat had definitely seen better days.

The shells on this beach clearly indicated that the environment was fairly healthy.

The shells on this beach clearly indicated that the environment was fairly healthy.

Ratana Churches are fairly distinctive. This was at Te Kana

Ratana Churches are fairly distinctive. This was was at Te Kana

Just south of the Cape are giant sand dunes that people sled down. The tiny dots in the image are people to give you some idea of scale.

Just south of the Cape are giant sand dunes that people sled down. The tiny dots in the image are people to give you some idea of scale.

My tracks coming down the sand dune.

My tracks coming down the sand dune.

Very much a classic tourist shot but you have to include one from the location that you are driving to. I was surprised how high on the cliff that the lighthouse was.

Very much a classic tourist shot but you have to include one from the location that you are driving to. I was surprised how high on the cliff that the lighthouse was.

The environment on the Cape is very bleak and extreme and as a result the vegetation is stunted.

The environment on the Cape is very bleak and extreme and as a result the vegetation is stunted.

Something about the placement on these water tanks took my fancy.
Something about the placement on these water tanks took my fancy.

Sunset on 90 Mile Beach. We drove down a forestry road to get to the beach and once there my wife was actually unimpressed with it.

Sunset on 90 Mile Beach. We drove down a forestry road to get to the beach and once there my wife was actually unimpressed with it.

We had been led to believe that we would see lots of abandoned buildings and vehicles up north which I thought would be great as I like to shoot these. As it turned out we saw very little.

We had been led to believe that we would see lots of abandoned buildings and vehicles up north which I thought would be great as I like to shoot these. As it turned out we saw very little.

This is "Matua Te Ngahere" of "Father of the Forest". It is the oldest living thing in New Zealand estimated to be 3,000 years old.

This is “Matua Te Ngahere” of “Father of the Forest”. It is the oldest living thing in New Zealand estimated to be 3,000 years old.

I loved how the owned of this Kumara processing plant has made it more amusing with characters on the roof

I loved how the owned of this Kumara processing plant has made it more amusing with characters on the roof