Tag Archives: Ohope_Harbour

Enjoying His light

I especially enjoy waking early enough to see the sunrise spreading across the sky over the Bay of Plenty or the Ohiwa Harbour here in Ohope.The Bible begins with God creating light, and later, showing us His light in human form: “His life brought light to everyone.” Whether here or at home, the morning’s freshness reminds me that each day allows me to begin anew. The light indeed overcomes the darkness, and my life can do the same. Each day, God offers us the opportunity to step beyond whatever holds us back from receiving His love and living fully within HIs family.

Whale_Island_NZ,  Ohope

Ohiwa, Ohope

Scenes along beach and bay

Great as the sunrises and sunsets are on the Bay of Plenty from Ohope Beach, there are also many great scenes along the road. I have enjoyed the blessing of getting to know an Emergency Department nurse at the hospital where Matt works.  She is an absolutely sublime photographer who feels the compositions talking to her.  I went out with her and her husband last week, and they took me to some marvelous locations.  Most of these shots were taken on that trip.

Ohiwa, Ketaware_wharf, Opotiki

Ohope Harbour



Ohope Beach

Shell Beach Ohope

Ohope Beach

Ohiwa, Ketaware_wharf, Opotiki



The Eternal Shepherd

“Love unites all, whether created or uncreated.  The heart of God, the heart of all creation, and our own hearts become one in love.”  Henri Nouwen

Kutawere_wharf_NZ, Ohiwa_NZ

And God is the eternal, ever present Shepherd calling us to Him, bringing us to Him. Thank goodness, because even now, I still wander astray and need him to bring me back and give me strength.

Baker County

East Cape, N

 “I myself will tend my sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord. I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak.” Ezekiel 34:15.16

Sunrise, Sunset, Ohope Bach, North Island, New Zealand

Ohope Beach lies on the Bay of Plenty, a long crescent shaped bay four hours east of Auckland.  It recently was rated as the top beach in New Zealand.  The beach here runs for miles, offering great waves for surfing and boogie boarding.  Excellent fishing is found both in the ocean and Ohope Harbor, or Ohiwa as it is also called.  Morning and evening light is never the same, never boring, sometimes subtle, sometimes shocking, but always alluring and enduring.

Ohiwa, Ohope_harbour

lilies and Ohope sunrise

Norfolk pine, Bay of Plenty

Ohope Harbor, Ohiwa

Bay of Plenty, Ohope Beach

Ohope Beach

Ohope Harbor, Ohiwa

West End Ohope

West End Ohope

West End Ohope

To There and Back: Travels in January, 2013

As you know, Meg and spent six weeks in New Zealand and Australia, from the first week of December, 2012 through the middle of January. We have gone from northern hemisphere winter to southern hemisphere summer and back to winter.  The experience has been exciting and stimulating. From sand and surf in New Zealand and Australia to snow and mountains in La Grande; from boogie boards to snow shoes. We have been blessed by this blend all within one month.

Anthony Lake and Gunsight

Meg amidst snowy trees

Bermagui, Australia Sapphire Coast

Ohope Harbour

Mt Cook lilies, Routeburn Track

Key Summit, Routeburn Track

Sapphire Coast, Australia

Anthony Lake winter

Bluebottle, Three Sisters Beach, NZ

Christmas Carols with New Zealand scenes

As Meg and I enjoy Christmas day in coastal New Zealand sunshine, we think of our friends who are making their Christmas eve day preparations. We enjoy our memories of Christmas at home and making memories here with Matt and his family.  We are blessed to be able to live in two worlds.