You can see how the banks have completely altered their shape as a result of logging and cattle grazing. The sharp hooves of cattle chop up the banks and beds of streams and rivers and looging has silted the river up. Here in Taranaki we have a restoration programme where farmers are now required to fence the streams and creeks that run through their farms and plant the banks with native flora. There is so much water in Taranaki that we are talking about hundreds of kilometres. Fonterra are driving this campaign anxious about their clean green image.
What the story about these drums is I don't know. They appear to be empty. My father would have taken this photo from the concrete bridge that appears three or four posts back.