So, here we go...let's start with North Island, in Auckland, to be precise, the first city we flew in to, for the start of our self-drive holiday. I had previously featured in full the Fo Guang Shan Temple Garden in Auckland, under the post heading, Temple Garden of Peace and Harmony. Now I'm going to cover an even bigger garden, all 75 hectares, of the Auckland Domain...the oldest, largest, and most diverse park in all of Auckland. However what is most fascinating to me is that this domain is actually around the rim of a crater of a volcano! I was glad to find out, though, that the Pukekawa is an extinct volcano, so we were on solid, non-shaky ground.
I really do not know where to start; this tour is going to be quite random...I'll be darting from one end to another and probably go criss-crossing and zig-zagging all over the place. Just bear with me. I always get excited where there are so many beautiful flowers and lovely scenery.
You have to see the Wintergardens first. It is a protected heritage site.
There are two glasshouses - one for temperate plants, and the other for tropical plants.
You can see what I mean about the lovely flowers...I take photo after photo, darting here and there pretty much like a bumble bee after some choice nectar.
(For Sensational Haiku Wednesday)
count all your blessings
numbers one to one hundred
fragrant flowers smile
In between the two glasshouses is this enclosed courtyard. There is a huge waterlily pond here, and of course the Grecian statues add to the charm of this courtyard.
revelation of life
hidden under surface calm
roots strain to anchor
Haiku Heights - Prompt "hidden"
Outside, there are more lovely images for the lens to capture. Century-old trees, native flowers amidst large bushes, white roses, statues...blue skies, and nothing but blue skies.
As I approach the top of Domain Hill, I can see the Auckland Museum, an impressive building of neo -Greek architecture.
Walking towards the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, I catch a glimpse of the blue sea beyond. I quicken my steps as I know that's where there's more beauty to capture. And I was right, here they are... the panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, Auckland City and Whenua Rangatira.
A Summer Vacation
(for Poetry Picnic)
A salute to the beaming sun
for his gregarious, golden glow
A hearty jubilation
for the mesmerising ebb and flow
of the throbbing, rhythmic sea
A tribute I joyfully sing out loud
dedicated to the azure skies,
the billowy clouds,
the flirtatious breeze
whispering endearments in my ears
I am brimming with bliss,
not a care, just peace
in my heart
there's the warmth of a summer's touch
Sensational Haiku Wednesday
Thursday Poets' Rally
Haiku Heights (Prompt #66)
Haiku My Heart
Macro Flowers Saturday