Traditionally each year, the Cathedral bells have pealed when the last of the migrating Godwits have left the Avon-Heathcote estuary in Christchurch on their journey to their breeding grounds in Alaska.
Two days before the 22 February 2012 Christchurch earthquake I was out on the New Brighton spit with hundreds of other people, for the official 'Farewell to the Godwits'.
Keith Woodley, author of Godwits - Long Haul Champions, was one of the speakers, and was also spotted being interviewed for a radio programme.
After the speakers, the crowd made their way down to the sand at the end of the spit.
On the way home in the golden dusk, I was of course completely unaware that so soon Christchurch city would be rocked by such a destructive aftershock.
Two days later large rocks - some the size of a truck - would be shaken loose from here; the citadel of Kahukura - Te Tihi o Kahukura - Castle Rock, and the prominent feature of the Port Hills overlooking Christchurch would never look like this again.
...and the Cathedral would look like this.