Today is Mother's Day in NZ. The crappy weather cleared this morning, presents from the kids duly opened then Jennie and I went and had a leisurely lunch in the sun at a cafe in the village - magic. It's also the first of 3 arts weekends in the Coromandel district where the many artists living here open their studios to the public. Pottery, silk, paintings, woodcraft, jewellery, you name it, it's available and all beautifully made. Jennie and a mate of hers spent yesterday and this afternoon on tour, enjoying themselves.
The highlight of my day was wandering up to the lookout near our house an hour ago and taking a series of sunset photos looking north west over the Rat Island area of the Firth of Thames. No retouching of the colours, just changing the zoom on the lens. It was one of those days when it's such a privilege to be alive to see it.
The little dots in the water are commercial mussel beds in about 20 metres of water. This is where we moor the boat to fish.
Not in any particular order - hope that you enjoy them. Click to enlarge.