Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Hills Are Alive...

Around this time last year I was standing in one my of my favorite places. I thought I'd share it with you. It's called The Long Bay Hills, located in beautiful
 Long Bay
North Shore City
Auckland
New Zealand 
The Universe
 The beach leads to a path up the cliffs to the hilltop. From there you can see across about five bays on the Hauraki Gulf.
 It definitely falls into my pretty things category. 

 Unfortunately, they've started residential building in the surrounding area. If only there were a modern day Beatrix Potter to buy all the land and save it. For those who may not know, Beatrix Potter used her book royalties to save much of the Lake District in England. 

Fortunately, the hills are part of the reserve and so, they will be here for a long time to come. 
xo,
Joy

8 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them, and I didn't know that about Beatrix Potter :)

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  2. Gorgeous photos. I didn't know that about Beatrix Potter and the Lake District ... or I'd forgotten it. Years ago Masterpiece Theatre did a marvelous series about her life from childhood to old age, called "The Tale of Beatrix Potter." Holly Aird played young Beatrix, and Penelope Wilton played her as an adult. I WISH they'd re-release it.

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  3. When you said they were building, I shouted "oh, NO!" That spot is so beautiful. I want to see it again. Great post, Canary :)

    Lori and Leslie, the movie "Miss Potter" with Renee Zellweger talks about her preservation of the Lake district. It's a good film.

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  4. Beautiful setting! I did adore the "Miss Potter" movie:)Of course, I adore Beatrix Potter in general.

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  5. Hello from
    Barcelona
    Catalunya
    Spain
    Europe
    The Universe

    Wow. I love that. Really sets the scene! ;)

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  6. I even love the name, "The Long Bay Hills." It looks like a magical place... I hope it doesn't get developed for a very, very long time. And those photos are wonderful - I like the slow shutter speeds you picked to show movement. Did you take them yourselves, on a tripod? Or did someone else take them for you?

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  7. Speaking of children's books, your introduction felt like the beginning of a wonderful picture book about The Long Bay Hills...

    beautiful
    Long Bay
    North Shore City
    Auckland
    New Zealand
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    You should write one!

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  8. Emily, thanks for your lovely comments. Rhys, my husband, and I took them on a digital camera actually. We also used the multi shot setting for the one picture. The one of me near the fence-the color has been changed a bit but the rest are the natural sunset. Haha we didn't have a tripos so most of the pictures are timer setting with the camera resting on a fence post.
    The way I broke down the location, I think is an old children's school book thing that I read about somewhere so I can't completely take credit. I've always had it in the back of my mind that I'd like to write a children's book but I'm still waiting for inspiration and learning how to tell a simple story. It's hard to take my mind off all my favorite children's stories in order to write something of my own. When I was at college, they offered a class in children's books. Sadly, it was held the same time as a time I hade to take another class.

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