Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 30, 2013 … a porpoise close behind us, and it’s treading on my tail*

Heartbreak is an extremely dramatic word. Yet here I am using it twice in two days. We left Rolleston in the dark, a little after six. It was very dark and once we hit Russley Rd which is seemingly becoming … Continue reading

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April 29, 2013 … rocks to steam punk

After getting lost in the tiny town of Moeraki the previous night, I enjoyed a good sleep there. Better still, I awoke to a very pretty dawn, though it warned of worse weather to come. This scene of the fishing … Continue reading

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April 28, 2013 … a surfeit of riches

My apologies for a surfeit of imagery today. This is not because I have delusions of grandeur about my photography, but rather that I saw so many wonderful things in so many different places that I am simply unable to … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Catlins, Landscapes, Light, Moeraki | 2 Comments

April 27, 2013 … chilly traverse

Yesterday started badly. It was blowing hard from the North West when we awoke in Invercargill, so we entertained little hopes of sightseeing on our trip through the Southern Catlins. Our trip Eastward from Invercargill seemed bleak and unrewarding, and … Continue reading

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April 26, 2013 … wild winds blowing

Queenstown is now far behind us. I didn’t need to worry about any further Autumnal excesses … the riotous colours stopped at the Southern end of Lake Wakatipu, and despite the odd tree here and there, very little has been … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, flowers, Invercargill, Landscapes, Southland, Weather | 1 Comment

April 25, 2013 … the cheapest attraction in the region

Unless we see something even more spectacular on other parts of the journey, this will be the last of my “Autumn colours” kick. In the many valleys and back roads in the Queenstown and Arrowtown district, there are areas that … Continue reading

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April 24, 2013 … magical colours

Somehow, I have never previously been to Central Otago in this magnificent season. As a friend and mentor said “you have been seduced by the colour”. I fear he is right. Another friend asked in respect of one of my … Continue reading

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April 23, 2013 … seasonal colours

From rain and ice to red and gold, it was a day of transition. We left Franz Josef soon after sunrise yesterday when the mountains were still shrouded with mist and rain, and the glacier’s presence was made known only … Continue reading

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April 22, 2013 … where the heart yearns

Keri Hulme wrote a book called “Homeplaces: Three coasts of the South Island”. It is one of my most cherished books. One of the “homeplaces she lovingly described was Okarito. The book was magnificently and lavishly illustrated by the late … Continue reading

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April 21, 2013 … Another day over and deeper in debt*

Scrambling desperately to stay ahead of a battery expiring. Today’s images may be less carefully edited than usual. In the very dark hour before  dawn yesterday, we set off from Blenheim for Westport. If nothing else, the roads almost entirely … Continue reading

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