Tag Archives: Bay of Islands

Dorsal fins up

A pod of pseudo-orcas feeding in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.
Pseudo-orca in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

One of the highlights of our trip to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand last January was when we had the opportunity to enjoy a large pod of pseudo-orcas, over 100 by the estimate. They were feeding and we were able to enjoy their company twice, heading out to and heading back from the mouth of the bay.

For Becky of Winchester’s Square Up Challenge.

…and yesterday’s gone

It seems like yesterday and very long ago at the same time. We visited Bay of Islands in New Zealand in January, with our son, over Chinese New Year.

Bay of Islands is the ultimate Cerulean Bay.

That was where I first heard about the corona virus, it wasn’t yet called COVID-19. We debated the wisdom of my son returning to China. The US State Department warning came to my email while he was in the air to Qingdao. We have been on an emotional roller coaster since then.

By the time he landed, the bus service between cities in China had been terminated and he had to take a taxi 130 miles to get to his home.

While he has been abroad most of his adult life, he turned 18 while he was an exchange student in Japan, this is the first time when we can’t get to him or get him home easily.

At times I wished that the State department had had its act together and the email had come out twelve hours earlier, so he could have come with us. At one point I was in contact with our congresswoman about how I could get him home. Then we talked and realized that he was probably safer in China (a very sad realization for me).

Bay of Islands is a magical place. When we said goodbye, I said “same place next year?” Now it seems so naive and arrogant to have thought about something 12 months out.

Which way to Paradise? It’s a loop trail!

Here are a few photos from a walk we took round trip from Paradise Bay on Urupukapuka Island for Alive and Trekking’s Which Way Challenge. I wish I could also share with you the smell of the air, the bush had a sweet smell, and the singing of the birds, and the warmth of the air with a cool breeze for balance…

Another “way”

Heading out for a glorious day on the Bay of Islands, aboard the good ship R. Tucker Thompson.
Come sail away!
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Bay of Islandscapes

I returned late last week from a splendid break to Bay of Islands in New Zealand. It is a very beautiful area.

For Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Landscape.