Sometimes the mist surrounds the mountain and makes it look as though it is detached from the earth and floating away into the sky. Perhaps the Earth Mother, Papatuanuku, is trying to return to the arms of Ranginui, the Sky Father.

Sometimes the mist surrounds the mountain and makes it look as though it is detached from the earth and floating away into the sky. Perhaps the Earth Mother, Papatuanuku, is trying to return to the arms of Ranginui, the Sky Father.

A NZ native falcon snapped at Wingspan

A NZ native falcon snapped at Wingspan

This is a website I built for the Pirongia Tourism association so it has a lot of my photos taken near my home, making it quite appropriate for this board.

This is a website I built for the Pirongia Tourism association so it has a lot of my photos taken near my home, making it quite appropriate for this board.

This Turkey was one of a flock of 12. They were all shot by hunters except her. She found her own way of restoring the count to 12 again. She had 11 babies.

This Turkey was one of a flock of 12. They were all shot by hunters except her. She found her own way of restoring the count to 12 again. She had 11 babies.

These are  manuka flowers. Bees make the world's most wondrous honey from them. It's reputed to have magical healing powers, but unlike most medicines, it tastes wonderful. I snapped this pic in the Kaniwhanwha stream area on Mt Pirongia.

These are manuka flowers. Bees make the world's most wondrous honey from them. It's reputed to have magical healing powers, but unlike most medicines, it tastes wonderful. I snapped this pic in the Kaniwhanwha stream area on Mt Pirongia.

A bridge across the Kaniwhaniwha stream on the northern slopes of Mt Pirongia

A bridge across the Kaniwhaniwha stream on the northern slopes of Mt Pirongia

Walking on the Nikau Track - a bush path on the northern slopes of Mt Pirongia. This is a stream beside the path.

Walking on the Nikau Track - a bush path on the northern slopes of Mt Pirongia. This is a stream beside the path.

Wild turkeys fighting just over the back fence.

Wild turkeys fighting just over the back fence.

A basket of persimmons from the tree we planted.

A basket of persimmons from the tree we planted.

A corner of my little vege garden. I call it my "salad bar"

A corner of my little vege garden. I call it my "salad bar"

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