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Wednesday 2 February 2011: A Host Of Golden Sunflowers

We took a road trip today to see the sunflowers en masse near Oamaru.

Fabulous sight except they were all turned towards the sun so could only shoot their backs.

After a light lunch sitting in the car we decided to go and have a look at Totara Estate which is the 1882 birthplace of NZ's frozen meat industry.

As we drove up the gravel road between Poplar trees we were gratified to see a host of friendly yellow discs all turned to face us and so I was able to get some up front shots.

Totara Estate is one of those places that flashes by when one is on a road trip and draws exclaims of "I must pop in there one day and have a look." Well today was the day and I am so glad we did.

The sunflowers are grown for the birdseed industry and cover many hectares. Although there was a fierce wind blowing the skies were clear and blue and the sun was shining making the yellow really zing.

Tried to walk Robbie on Katiki Beach but the wind was so strong that we very quickly returned to the comfort of the car with sand blasted ankles.....ouch. Got some great images there too with jade coloured sea, white caps, turbulent clouds scudding at a rate of knots over clear blue sky........beautiful.

Coffee at Fleurs at Moeraki and an ice-cream from the dairy in Waikouaiti completed the day and we arrived home to dry washing and aired dog blankets feeling very satisfied with a day well spent.

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