23 July 2010

Hawke Bay, rain cloud, Te Mata Peak

Flounder Bay in February. We walked partway towards Driftwood Cove in the evening; watched the light change and rain showers drift across Hawke Bay. The distinctive shape of Te Mata Peak, the low cliffs leading to Cape Kidnappers, the expanse of sea — this could have been a thousand years ago, before humans arrived here, while moa roamed, whio swam in the lowland rivers and huia sang in the forests. Only the faint reflections from Napier's buildings and the tiny form of a ship said otherwise. But takapu still flew over the ocean.

[11 February 2010; Canon 20D, 24–105 mm f4 L at 105 mm, ISO 200, 1/125 at f13]

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Anne-Marie said...

oh yes. how i miss this view.

Zhoen said...

A still wild place, that would swallow up those human encroachments in no time at all.

pohanginapete said...

Anne-Marie — I'm looking forward to getting back there soon :^)

Zhoen, I'm sure the obvious evidence of human impacts would vanish quickly, and I admit I don't find that thought horrifying in the least.