With my friend Paul I set out for Tauranga, site of the 63rd annual convention of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. It was wet. Mountain? What mountain? We saw no mountain. The first scenery I saw (at a time when I was not driving) was near Tokoroa when the steam and smell of paper pulp cooking told me that Kinleith, where I spent the first five years of my working life was just over that ridge.
Following the instructions of Paul’s Navman, we went through Putaruru and over the Kaimai ranges to Tauranga. I have not been in such a traffic jam for quite a while, and it’s frustrating when the really slow truck ahead of you blocks the passing lane by pulling out to pass an even slower one.
At the Tauranga Racecourse which was our convention venue, a smart-looking car caught my eye. Whatever failings it may have, the Jaguar XF has lines of exquisite elegance.
Soon the conference was in full swing with the trade stands doing a brisk trade. Without wishing to exacerbate any stories doing the rounds about senior politicians and pony tails, the lady with the blond hair in the centre foreground is the world-famous Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop expert and evangelist, Julianne Kost. Having flown directly from the USA, she looked exhausted, but soldiered on prior to some amazing presentations the next day.
That’s all for now