Pink ragwort doing its thing on recently cleared hillside.
I am very surprised that this seal has been rapidly decomposing, but no sign of seagulls or animals chomping into it (apart from face and feet which were already partially stripped when it first washed up). Perhaps that skin is just too tough.
Its landing a month ago: /observations/2307446.
On flax flower
Sheep trying to do backstroke to swim out to sea from a rockpool, or then again it might just be a dead sheep. Not sure where it would have come from, maybe down Hutt river or from straight across the harbour entrance.
The tide was in so I looked at this tidepool high up on the beach. What at first appears to be white slime is actually a rather detailed organism.
Tree mallow I think, being 'cut and pasted' up and down the coast by hard working teams. Mind you they seem to leave a few small ones behind.
Tui in Wilton Bush
Terns appear to be nesting on this cliff face, a bit exposed to the northerly wind, but probably protected from the southerly gales.
By the time I got around into Breaker Bay, from Seatoun, the mussels have given way to these, I don't really know what they are!
A lot of "reclamation" of the area from the sea by the judicious use of building rubble as fill - the heritage of early Wellington preserved by dumping it in the sea - Here lies evidence of one human and his endevours - William Tonks (of Tonks avenue brickworks) - Tonks avenue has also been 'reclaimed' and no longer exists, replaced by a city bypass road.
This is the last spot where I found significant numbers of mussels on the rocks as I traveled south around the Wellington harbour coastline. Beyond this point I only found clusters of a handful at a time, then completely absent from the Cook Strait coastline.
And a fifth one in the next bay from the previous 4.
Usually only see one at a time, found 4 on this beach within a few metres of each other.
Didn't notice these two moths at the time I took the shot.