Mission Bay is not too far from the city, across the Panmure Bridge, and is home to some shops, a movie theater, and two lovely parks. We’ve been here before, and I’ve visited many a time, but with the weather nice and a desire for photography in my heart, I headed out once again.
Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the lower park is this fountain. It’s quite large, and on nice days you will often see small children playing in it. More than once I’ve been meeting people at Mission Bay and we have said we’ll meet at the fountain. Nobody has ever been confused as to which fountain we’re meaning.
Mission Bay is one of the closest beaches to Auckland. The water of the bay is generally quite warm — not so much this time of year, of course, but I went in once on a crisp day in early December to find the water actually felt warmer than the air!
I’m not here to lounge around the beach, though. Attractive though that prospect is, I didn’t carry 40 lbs of camera equipment over here to sit around on the sand. If we walk down the road a bit and go up this nice set of stairs, we will find ourselves walking up to Bastion Point.
Bastion Point’s most prominent feature is this, the Michael Joseph Savage memorial. This too carries a park-like atmosphere, with some older gentlemen playing with a remote-controlled boat in one of the ponds. I don’t know much about Mr. Savage, but I hope he would be pleased that his memorial hosts many kids (of many ages) playing around in front of his monument.
(If the 35mm lens has one flaw, it’s that it generates lens flares like it’s filming a Michael Bay movie. I don’t always notice them until I get back since I’m not in the habit of looking at every shot after I take it, so it’s quite annoying. C’est la vie when you’re an amateur-grade photographer I suppose).
The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom and covered in a nice sheen of dew…all is right with the world.
Lion-head fountains are always classy!
There’s more to the park than just the memorial, though. We’re going to venture down the hill a bit to one of my favorite photo spots.
Here we are: an old WWII lookout post!
Using a bit of gumption even a fairly unfit person such as myself can scramble his way onto the roof of these lookouts. It’s easier when alone, as one’s dignity may not survive the climb.
The shots are worth it, though! I love this photo of Auckland. Ahh, how I’ve missed this city!
Just for fun I took a behind-the-scenes photo too :)
I did make a subtle jab earlier at the older guys playing with their toy boat, but I confess I have a toy of my own I wanted to play with as well.
Here we have Mt. Rangitoto, photographic subject extraordinaire. This shot is with the 35mm lens sitting on my tripod. If you look in the harbor below the island, you see a small lighthouse.
Let’s Zoom and Enhance ™ to get a better look at that lighthouse. But it’s pretty far away, so even 150mm doesn’t show it all that clearly.
So let’s Zoom and Enhance some more!
Yes, the 35mm isn’t the only new lens I bought. I also have a superzoom lens! This shot was taken at 450mm; the lens can go to a max zoom of 600mm (unfortunately, the little lighthouse did not make a particularly interesting photographic subject at 600mm).
Moving away from the lighthouse, it’s always fun on nice days to see all the sailboats out in the harbor!
It can also be fun to zoom right up on them and look at the people in the boat!
Thanks for joining me on this little excursion! Next time we’ll take a little jaunt to an even more historic location!