Pathways : Travel theme

While walking along the pathway next to the Hutt River

I took photos of the pathway of the river.


Pathway of the river along the dry river bank



The Hutt River and the Akatarawa River flowing  together


The water’s pathway over stones/pebbles



Hutt River (New Zealand)

The Hutt River (Māori:Te AwakairangiTe Wai o Orutu or Heretaunga)[1] flows through the southern North Island of New Zealand. It flows south-west from the southern Tararua Ranges for 56 km, forming a number of fertile floodplains, includingKaitoke, central Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt.

The headwaters in the Kaitoke Regional Park are closed to preserve the quality of the drinking water drawn off at Kaitoke to supply the greater Wellington area. Below Kaitoke is the Kaitoke gorge, a popular destination for Rafting. Below the gorge is Te Marua, where the Mangaroa River joins the Hutt from the east. Further down, at Birchville, the Akatarawa River joins the Hutt from the west.


In the background : Weekly Photo Challenge

I had a wonderful experience today.

My friend is looking after a Bed and Breakfast place for a few days.

Last night I had a super dinner with her and

today I went back to take some photos from all the hidden treasures in the garden.

We also went for a short walk along the Hutt River.



In the background the Hutt River.

In the front is a  Punga or

New Zealand tree-fern.

Cyathea dealbata

Cyathea dealbata, or the silver tree fern or silver fern (kaponga or ponga in the Māori language), is a species of medium-sized tree fernendemic to New Zealand.[1] It is a symbol commonly associated with the country both overseas and by New Zealandersthemselves.[2]




In the background on the left is a

Rimu tree a native tree of NZ

At the right side is a tree-fern again


Rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum) is the commonest and most widely distributed conifer in New Zealand, growing from Northland down to Stewart Island. It is a tall tree, and its crown usually emerges above the main canopy of forest trees. On well-drained fertile sites, it grows to 50 metres in height. Rimu usually favours better drained sites than kahikatea, but does grow in poorly drained soils in Westland.

Rimu can live for more than 1,000 years. A life-span of 550–650 years is more common, as old trees become susceptible to uprooting in strong winds. Seedlings will not grow in deep shade or on open, exposed sites. Mature trees often support a crop of perching plants on their upper branches. For example, northern rātā often starts life as a young seedling high up in the crown of a mature rimu.


Story challenge: letter R = Rural

What is the definition of rural fringe?

The rural-urban fringe, also known as the outskirts or the urban hinterland, can be described as the “landscape interfacebetween town and country”, or also as the transition zone where urban and rural uses mix and often clash. Alternatively, it can be viewed as a landscape type in its own right, one forged from an interaction of urban and rural land uses.

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This morning I took a photo of a clear RURAL fringe.

  When I walk up the hill where I live there is a road that takes me to the end of our urban part of Upper Hutt, New Zealand. When you look at the next hill you can see some new dwellings. These house were not there 2 years back when I started walking up the hill and around the grove. The best is it is not going to be long before the whole hill is part of urban Upper Hutt.



In the front are the old houses and at the back new ones

Closer look at the same area!

Upper Hutt is 30 km north-east of Wellington. While the main areas of development lie along the Hutt River valley floor, the city extends to the top of the Rimutaka saddle to the north-east and into the Akatarawa Valley and rough hill-country of the Akatarawa ranges to the north and north-west, almost reaching the Kapiti Coast close to Paekakariki. Centred on the upper (northern) valley of the Hutt River, which flows north-east to south-west on its way to Wellington harbour, it widens briefly into a 2500-m-wide floodplain between the Rimutaka and Akatarawa Ranges before constricting nine kilometres further downstream at the Taita Gorge, which separates Upper Hutt from its neighbour, Lower Hutt. The city’s main urban area is on this plain. A smaller flood plain lies upstream, above the Kaitoke Gorge, but there is little development on it.

Story Challenge: Letter “R”

Hi Bloggers! Do you have to share a story or a short reflection tagged with the letter “R”? For example I’ve written about some RIVER memories (read below), about Russia or Rome, Robin Hood or Robinson Crusoe, about how to resist or how to retreat, how to roar and how to rest, about Rio de Janeiro or Rembrandt, about rainy days or rough racism, Route 66 and the Rolling Stones, James Rizzi or Renzo Piano, religion and rust, Condoleezza Rice or Rocky Raccoon, about revolvers and restaurants, riots and revolutions etc. – I’m sure you’ll find an own story or a short reflection tagged with “R”! Feel free to add in the comments the link to your personal interpretation of the letter “R”!!!