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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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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 0 N: 269] (1595)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1984-12-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-12-21 10:53
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