These are a few pictures taken on a walk through the bush in Waitekere. The walk was called the Auckland Trail and took us about an hour with Gail and her two dogs, Tess & Gracie.
A nice stream!
Gail told us when her girls, Rosie & Yvonne were small, she would tell them these leaves were Fairy Letters. The holes in them was a special fairy language, and you could make it say whatever you wanted by holding it and thinking hard about whatever you wished. And then to mail the Fairy Letter you would put it in a hole in a tree and a Fairy would come and take it away, and your wish would be granted. She also pointed out some soft, fuzzy leaves she called “Toilet Paper Plant”, and I’ll let you imagine your own magical tale for that one.
The silohuette of couple of big fat wood pigeons. Apparently pretty rare, due to their fatness and deliciousness.
Much to Tess & Gracies annoyance CB and I scrambled over a muddy wall of rock to peek inside this cave. There is a small waterfall in there, but it was hard to see. Nice to hear though, even over the sound of two dogs barking like lunatics at having lost us in the wilderness.
Looking up at the high cliff walls around us.
Stopping to have a look for eels in the creek. There weren’t any!
Gail, Tess and I gawking at a Kauri tree that is 1000 years old. It was.. really tall.