|Claudia and Leslie on the Ryans Creek Track|
|Leaving Golden Bay and heading over to Ulva Island on the Ranui|
|The Ranui at Ulva Island Jetty|
|Bracket fungi on Ulva Island|
|Flagstaff Lookout on a wet and misty day|
|Tieke (saddleback) finding bugs on a large rimu trunk|
|Getting checked out by a toutouwai (Stewart Island robin)|
|Beautiful bush and winding tracks on Ulva Island|
When they put the tracks in they didn't want to cut any
trees down so the path goes around or through!
|Claudia watching the weka on Boulder Beach, Ulva Island|
Te puka - the anchorstoneMaori creation stories tell how Maui, a legendary Polynesian voyager, pulled up from the sea floor the anchor stone Te Puka a Maui (Stewart Island/Rakiura) to act as an anchor for the great ancestral canoe Te Waka o Aoraki (South Island of New Zealand).
The stylised anchor chain is secured firmly on land by a shackle but disappears beneath Foveaux Strait/Te Ara a Kewa to remind us of the physical and spiritual connections between Stewart Island/Rakiura and Bluff/Motu Pohue, the traditional taurapa or stern post of Te Waka o Aoraki.
The chain links also symbolise a history of inter-relationships tat have given the people of Stewart Island/Rakiura a strong sense of heritage and identity.
|Low tide at Lee Bay|
|A large noble chiton (top left) measuring about 130mm|
The section behind me sold in April so I had to move my 'woodpile' off the right-of-way. Thanks, Big Bro, for helping me and offering your advice on all my other questions; hope you can return sometime in the future to see how I've got on with my 'homework'.
|The moved woodpile, nicely stacked up off the ground|