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.
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.