I drive down Avonside Drive a lot, and if it’s the right time of the day, I usually wish I could pull over and take a few photos on the side of the road. It’s a busy road though and there’s no real pedestrian access on the left-hand side as you travel East. So, for a while I’ve been meaning to park on River Road and photograph this area from the other side. As you can see, I finally did that today late in the Autumnal light, and I’ve been rewarded with so many wonderful views. The land backing onto River Road is part of the Residential Red Zone – with the homes demolished long ago now. The photos were taken between Cowlishaw Street and Stanmore Road.
A lovely balmy Autumn day today, so it was off to the beach we went. On the short drive to Sumner, Christchurch appeared to be an advert for outdoor living in New Zealand. There were people out sailing in the estuary, lots of people walking, skating, running or cycling down the coastal pathway, and then lots of people out surfing or boating, and the rest of us just enjoying wandering up and down the beach eating our ice creams!
The Botanic Gardens are just stunning this time of year, and I always feel I ‘over do’ the Autumn photos – but it’s hard to stop snapping away when the light and the colours are so appealing.
This tree is now officially known as ‘Michelle’s favourite tree in the gardens’ – as I keep leading my other half on walks to this spot so I can take yet another photo of the tree.
Every year I like to get a photo of this water wheel in Oxford Terrace. For a few years I would go too early for the blossom and then I would go back too late! So now I’ve worked out pretty much the right time to go. There were a lot of people taking photos of it today, as I believe it’s probably right at its peak of beauty.