Ever since I saw Katherine's posting of her interpretation of a Hawkes Bay landscape I've been intending to do my own photographic interpretation because her painting was exactly as I see the landscape. So today I spent the afternoon climbing the hill at the Sugar Loaf Reserve in nearby Taradale and then went to Te Mata Peak in Havelock North. There is one small caveat: the hills this year are much greener than they often are - there's been a lot of rain in the Bay this summer.
|Sugar Loaf Reserve covered in wild thyme. Napier and Bluff Hill in the background.|
|The wild thyme was bee-laden and the hum was reminiscent of hot summer days.|
|Looking towards the Kawaka Ranges from the top of the Reserve.|
|Looking towards the Ranges.|
|From the top of Te Mata Peak looking South and West towards the central Ranges in the middle of the Island.|
|The Hawkes Bay Hills|
|And the faithful Handbag waits for me in the shade.|