A walk on the beach

Te Henga/Bethells Beach, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2020

If I told you I encountered a major road-block when thinking about this post, you’d probably imagine some emotional or psychological barrier about which I’m going to unburden myself.

But actually, I missed a road sign announcing that Scenic Drive in Waitakere was closed to traffic, and found myself driving towards an actual blocked road. With the car behind me way too close for a safe U-turn, I ended up on Bethells Road, heading towards the beach.

Te Henga/Bethells Beach is one of four road-accessible beaches on Auckland’s (wild) west coast. Although it’s the closest to home, I seldom visit there, probably because the next closest — Muriwai — has the twin attractions of the gannet colony and a good fish and chip shop en route.

It’s school holidays here at the moment, but the beach was surprisingly quiet. Perhaps it was just too cold and overcast.

Although I saw a few people carrying surfboards, I didn’t see any actually in the water, and the surf life-saving tower wasn’t manned.

The closest anyone seemed to get was surf-casting.

I may have missed a road sign, but I did manage to notice lots of small treasures on the beach and in the surrounding bush.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge | A Photo Walk

52 thoughts on “A walk on the beach

  1. LOL for the chips shop – that would be my road choice as well!!! That said, a wonderful outing in a beautiful spot. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons Su! The ocean images are wonderful but the various elements you found on the sand were my favorites in this one. Well done!

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  2. Oh Sue, I loved that! Especially those shells, what a treasure hunt this is – and those tiny round leaves, so delicate and fragile looking. I didn’t care for the grub…. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  3. Glad it was actual road block and not an emotional one that led to this beautiful photo walk post! Ha! We’re also having holidays at the moment! Though no beach in sight! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Also we’re officially not allowed to travel right now because of the high numbers of infections. ๐Ÿ™

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