Landscape Notes

Observations of places and things in a disconnected postmodern world

Category: Rural Countryside

Rural countryside, in spite of its extreme modification, is very beautiful. It is sometimes difficult to deny that man and nature are a handsome pair. Yes we alter the natural landscape, but for good reason: hope. The hope that we can provide food and shelter for ourselves and our family's, and that we can raise our children to be good and honorable citizens of the society in which live.

Te Hoe River

— Upper Te Hoe River valley, Willowflat, Wairoa.


Ruakituri River

— Ruakituri River, Wairoa.

State Highway 49, Ohakune.



— Trees. Far North.

— Trees. Far North.

Adare Farm

Adare Farm.

— Adare Farm.

Waiau River

Waiau River, Putere.

— Waiau River, Putere.


A windbreak or shelterbelt is a plantation usually made up of one or more rows of trees or shrubs planted in such a manner as to provide shelter for stock, orchards, or homes from prevailing winds. They are commonly planted around the edges of fields on farms.


— Poplar shelter-belt #1.


— Poplar shelter-belt #2.




Dry Bones

Dry bones. Panekiri Station.

— Dry bones. Panekiri Station.

Hawthorn hedgerow

Hedgerow on dairy farm.

Hawthorn hedgerow. Adare Farm, Hamilton

Peat Landscapes

The peat soils of the Waikato region were formed in the swamps created by the Waikato river which once meandered across this relict floodplain. Most of these peatlands have now been drained to make them suitable for farming. In summmer families drive to the blueberry fields that grow on the peat soils to indulge in pick-your-own blueberries – about $8 a container. Children run about gleefully filling their mouths more than their punnets, while the adults dutifully fill ice cream containers with berries due for the freezer.

Germinating maize, Collins Road, Hamilton.

Germinating maize. Collins Road, Hamilton.


Peat mounds from drainage ditches. Ohaupo, Waikato.


View east across a peat landscape. Jary Road, Ohaupo, Waikato.