Travel theme: silver

Cape Reinga, Northland New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie 2005

Cape Reinga, Northland New Zealand. Photo: Su Leslie 2005

According to Maori mythology Cape Reinga – at the very north of the North Island of New Zealand – marks the place where the spirits of the dead descend to the underworld and begin their journey to the ancestral homeland of Hawaiki. It is also where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea are thought to meet – and collide.

Although I visited Cape Reinga on a glorious blue day, the light at both the cape itself and the water beyond was silvery and slightly ethereal.

Avenue of silver birch trees outside Tate Modern Gallery, London. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013.

Avenue of silver birch trees outside the Tate Modern Gallery, London. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013.

Intense and abstract light patterns playing on an avenue of slender-trunked silver birch (betula pendula) outside London’s Tate Modern Gallery seemed almost to foreshadow the wonderful, eclectic collections within.

The Sage, Gateshead. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

The Sage, Gateshead. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013

Glass and stainless steel shimmer in the twilight. The Sage Gateshead stands on the bank of the River Tyne. Lit up at night both river and building present a silvery spectacle.

This post was written as part of Ailsa’s Travel Theme at Where’s my Backpack. You can find out more here or enjoy some of the other posts on this theme:

http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/travel-theme-silver/

http://shootngo.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver/

http://skfjrifnd.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver-a-family-history/

http://k2incanada.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver/

http://raleighcatdaddy.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver/

http://smswsf.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/01/19/travel-theme-silver/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/01/18/weekly-travel-theme-silver/

http://northumbrianlight.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/travel-theme-silver/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/18/travel-theme-silver/

http://publictransituser.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/travel-theme-silver/

http://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/silver/

http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2014/01/17/1-17-14-travel-theme-silver/

http://emiliopasquale.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/travel-theme-silver/

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