Finally getting down to the business of sharing this amazing trip with you! Looking back on it, every day held new and inspiring views.
Note: this trip began the last week of February, just as the first cases of the corona virus were starting in the US. Arriving home last week, as a safety measure, I decided to self-quarantine for 2 weeks, even though I have no symptoms.
In case of any jet lag, I arrived a day early. Went across the street to walk around Parnell Rose Garden in Auckland. Reminder to self: They drive on the opposite side! Be extra careful crossing streets!
I could tell it was a magical place when I heard a unique sound in a cemetery on a hill, as if it was whispering to me. Stopped to sketch this tree, and then a few flowers in the gardens.
The next day, the rest of the group arrived. There were 6 of us plus Karen, an Art Safari tutor, and Phil, a guide with Wrybill Bird Tours. We left to get lunch at a local bakery, to Parnell Park to enjoy our lunches in the warm sun, and then off to Devonport’s north shore to walk and sketch at Torpedo Bay. All in all, a very good start!
The next day, we headed to the Coromandel Peninsula, stopping at Tairua for lunch and a sketch, then on to Whitianga, in Mercury Bay.
Glad to have Phil as our guide, he knew where to find the birds!