Waiheke Island Views
Bottom End Drive
How often do the locals get a cafe with a view like this? Charlie Farley's serves good food, local wines & beer, the best beach across the esplanade.
This is the beach on the other side of the esplanade
This is half the length of Onetangi beach - one of the great strolls on the island
Beach Mist over Onetangi
Paddleboard Evening on Onetangi
The view is of Oneroa bay, a nice beach walk.
Church Bay Walk near the Casale (also the start of the biennial Headlands Sculpture Walk)
Every other year in January, the Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf takes "our" walk and makes it a premier outdoor sculpture event.
2011 Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf gives you an idea of how far you have travelled.
The Auckland Council has placed benches along the walk - rarely used, wonderful way to clear the head.
Sculpture during the Headlands event
Farm next door
In summer, the land changes colour as the rains stay away
The sunsets can be spectacular
As are the storms - these photos are taken from the Casale
Dolphins in Church Bay - view from the Casale
Kereru (Wood Pigeon) on the arbour at the Casale garden entrance
Mud Brick Vineyard Restaurant is on the other side of the valley from the Casale. An elegant place with stunning views and top wines
Church Bay's night skies are free from street lights. The air is clean, the stars bright. The sounds are of the waves, the seabirds and the morepork (ruru: native owl).
This is a Morepork (Ruru)... an unretouched photo with a flashlight shining on the inner courtyard wall behind. Magical moment and then he flew away.