Here are the treasures of the season, placed into little hollows in the sand: the last pohutukawa flower, flax flower, white-headed wildflower, kawakawa leaf . . .

The black sand has layers of lighter sand under the surface, which makes little rings around each hollow.

On the last day of 2010 I offered up gratitude for all that the year has given me, and the wonders of this place on the wild west coast.