Christmas in northern New Zealand is always heralded by the flowering of the coastal pohutukawa trees - Metrosideris excelsa - also called New Zealand's Christmas tree. Army Bay, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of Auckland has a sentimental place in my heart, as it was here as a teenager & young adult that I spent many happy Summer days with friends & relations. My parents had one of the first holiday homes (a 'bach' in NZ English - pronounced 'batch') in what was regarded as quite a remote location - accessible by gravel roads. Now people commute from here to Auckland city, although, with the creation of Shakespear Regional Park in the late 1960s, the bay & surrounds remains pretty much the same.
This photo was taken around Christmas 1984 when I was living in UK & returned for Christmas, so the photo has a sentimental meaning for me as well. While I do live not far from Army Bay, the bay is much more busier now & the childhood charm is no longer there - such is progress.
Taken on Fujichrome slide film with Pentax ME Super camera - 55m lens. Scanned & digitised directly from slide.
To all TE members I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas & a prosperous 2013. Neil
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ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2012-12-22 10:56
an interesting, because of the shining sun and the spring flowers, and very meaningfully because of the memories it has, this warm capture is.. its very joyful to think somewhere on the same planet people welcomes new year with sun against snow :)
tfs this beauty and wish you a merry christmas & new year..