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Conservation Week runs from November 1-9 and the theme for this year is “Discover the world where you live”. Today’s photo of the week is of people discovering the striking landforms at Puponga in Golden Bay.

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Last week saw the theatrical release of the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Filmed throughout New Zealand, these movies capture some of our most stunning landscapes.

Our photo of the week shows one of these landscapes: Canaan Downs, near the top of the Takaka Hill, in the Nelson region.

Canaan Downs, Golden Bay. Photo: Andy Maw (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Canaan Downs campsite is a popular place to stay in the area — perfect for a Hobbit holiday! It’s located near the entrances to a number of tracks in Abel Tasman National Park. Mountain biking, walking and tramping activities are all nearby.

This photo was taken by Andy Maw | CC BY-SA 2.0

This week’s photo of the week was sent in by Teresa James, a ranger in DOC’s Golden Bay Area Office.

Here is a pretty cool heart I found on rocks at Kahurangi Point coastline (on the West Coast of Golden Bay)

Baby mussels formed into a heart shape on a rock. Photo by Teresa James.

These baby mussels are spreading the love, having naturally formed themselves into this shape on the rock. The mussels attach themselves to rocks and solid structures with strong, elastic threads secreted from a gland in their foot.

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