'The Real Cannons Creek' - Guided Walk - 29 January 2012

Guide Dorothy, welcoming the group at the Belmont Regional Park entrance. 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Cannons Creek gets confined and constrained in concrete pipes and channels. 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Ducks love the man-made ponds. 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Raupo at one end of a man-made pond. 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Walking uphill through restoration plantings. 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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The bridge on the Takapu Track over 'The Real Cannons Creek' with its clean and shaded waters, treeferns and handsome fuchsia trees (orange bark). 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Just the place for a snack. 2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Group going through some nice vegetation down to Cascade Creek.  2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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The cascade of Cascade Creek.  2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Cascade Creek.  2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Nathan's acrostic poem.  2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Laura's acrostic poem.  2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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Gill's acrostic poem.  2012 'The Real Cannons Creek' Guided Walk.

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The folk (photo 1) who came to find out about the human history of Cannons Creek itself, enjoyed the easy walk on a warm and cloudy day.

Our three Guides, Dorothy, Gillian and Sylvia led them down the slopes of the dam to show the urban impact on Cannons Creek.

What starts as a pretty bush stream (photo 10) unfortunately gets confined and constrained in concrete pipes and channels. (photo 2)

Working their way back upstream, the group passed the man-made ponds with their ducks and raupo, (photos 3 and 4) designed to hold back excess water, but gradually becoming silted up.

Then, walking uphill again, (photo 5) through restoration plantings, to the bridge on the Takapu Track. (photo 6)

Here's 'The Real Cannons Creek' with its clean and shaded waters, treeferns and handsome fuchsia trees.

"We had no idea this bush and stream existed!"

Although Gillian had gone on ahead with the energetic children, the two groups met up again at the snack stop. (photo 7)

After a snack, everyone entered the bush for the Nature Walk, and safely dropped down to admire the larger trees, taking note of all the vines and ferns now growing in the heart of the bush. (photo 8)

Then last, but not least, all viewed the little pretty cascade (photo 9) that gives this side stream its name of Cascade Creek.(photo 10)

As usual, the most frequent comment was, "We had no idea this bush and stream existed!"

And to add to the day's memories, we have acrostic poems written by some about their Maara Roa experience. (photos 11, 12 and 13)