|Predawn in Moturua’s Waiwhapuku Bay (aka Army Bay),|
Bay of of Islands, New Zealand
It’s doubly appropriate Moturua island‘s gorgeous light naturally conjures up the refrain “Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light*….” Based on prior military presence, Waiwhapuku Bay earned its alternate moniker, Army Bay.
Dawn emerges, Bay of of Islands, Waiwhapuku Bay,
Moturua Island, New Zealand.
The leisurely trail circumnavigating Moturua winds through Navy structure remnants left behind from World War II, when they were erected for defense.
|View of Waiwhapuku Bay, New Zealand from Moturua Island trail. |
Note the rain, which occurred off and on during our hike,
Today formerly deforested Moturua is returning to its roots, as native plant reforestation takes hold.
|Waiwhapuku Bay stilled enough for reflections as dusk approached.|
Long, graceful shadows stretched from the trees over the water,
a pleasant contrast to the bright yellow-green grassy carpeting.
We appreciated Moturua’s gentle ups and downs of the trail as it worked its way around. After spending so much time this year in 150 square foot space. we’re rather out of shape. This, rather than New Zealand’s mountainous South Island offer a better re-introduction to our land legs.
|Sunset cast its golden glow over the rocks|
off nearby Motukiekie Island
As the wind warnings abated, we gave Moturua a fond goodbye as we pushed off for our next stop, the Cavallis, just beyond the Bay of Islands.
|That little boat with the burgundy sail covers is ours. Yes, it’s a|
tiny boat, but not too small to sail 10,000+ miles
across the Pacific this year.