Monday, September 28, 2015

Around the Panmure Basin

Panmure Basin, also sometimes called the Panmure Lagoon, is a 1.5 km wide tidal estuary within a volcanic crater in Auckland's Volcanic Field. The last eruption was recorded about 18,000 years ago. It is just a few minutes drive from where my sister lives, so we decided to go there one morning and walk around before doing the grocery. The walkway is a fitness trail, very well developed for families with their pets along. There is also a skate park and Lagoon Fitness Center. Records say it is just a 30 minute walk, but of course, with my camera in hand triple it and it might not be enough. There are also benches on some locations, giving easy accomodation for my sister while waiting for me to finish shooting.

The Trees     

 Pohotukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) trees are found anywhere in Auckland. It is endemic there and can live on rock crevices even with little topsoil. It is also called New Zealand Christmas trees because it blooms simultaneous with the Season.

Flower buds start as whitish that eventually produces a brilliant display of red flowers.  

 the starting flower buds

This is a very big tree that i failed to know the identity, but someone in Australia in the comments says it is a plane tree. Yes it is, though the true identity is difficult for me to know. (Thanks Stewart)

The Walk

Nice benches like the above are scattered on sidewalks, a convenience for everyone who needs some time to just sit and appreciate the view, or already tired of walking and needs a breather.

 view of the lagoon

There are also birds both on the trees and on the lagoon sides looking for food. The above is  a White-faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae).

Southern black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus Lichtenstein, 1823)

 Residential Landscape

There are residential houses around the lagoon. It is also nice to look at the different landscape designs of these homes.

The residents of the above house definitely encourage those wild duck to be waiting there, conditioned to receive food rations. Only very few ducks were left on the other side of the lagoon, as they were all here, expecting their food.

aloes growing intensively and well, already growing out of the fence for more light

 the above is a well maintained landscape 

Those towering old palms give this area the Mediteranean look, however the fenced sides didn't allow the walkers to peep into the garden landscape

the grassy lawns as public property connected to the lagoon are very well maintained as well

The Plants and Flowers




a collage of some beautiful flowers around Panmure Basin


  1. It is so beautiful out there. The heron is so unique. I haven't seen one in that color before.

  2. A lovely place to have awlak anthe flowers are so colourful

  3. The Pacific Heron has such bright blue feathers. What a pretty bird. It's always interesting seeing the different foliage from the southern hemisphere.

  4. Beautiful photo's of a beautiful place.

  5. Beautiful photo's of a beautiful place.

  6. Hello Andrea, what a pretty place! The flowers and the tree are beautiful. And I love all the birds, the heron is one of my favorites. Great post and lovely photos. Have a happy week!

  7. I enjoyed seeing the different blooms you have in your country and can appreciate the beauty of the 'Christmas tree'.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    1. hi Judith@Lavender Cottage. This is not my country, this is Auckland, New Zealand and i am from the Philippines. I am sorry i misled you. But thanks for the visit here.

  8. Very nice set of pictures - I think your mystery tree my be a plane tree (from the look of the bark)

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

    1. Thank you Stewart, yes i searched your lead, and it can really be a plane tree. The real ID i cannot provide though.

  9. That "very big tree" is astounding - I wonder how old it is? Ancient, I'm sure!
    I hope you'll come link up at

  10. enjoyed everyone of these photos, that tree trunk is so interesting

    have a good week

    much love...

  11. What a beautiful area - I love those huge trees.

  12. You live in a lovely part of the world.

  13. That is one seriously big tree


  14. Lots of blooms and pretty scenery...I do love the herons and this one is pretty. They always look so serious stalking around...Michelle

  15. I appreciate all the colorful blossoms and blue herons are so elegant looking. Have a nice day!
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.


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