Monthly Archives: November 2015

November 30, 2015 … from Clive towards the Kaweka Ranges

Yesterday was the day of wedding. It dawned fine and clear, and the bottlebrush tree outside the motel window was almost electric in its colouration.  Bees were humming around, and all was well with the world. We weren’t needed for … Continue reading

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November 29, 2015 … to Hawkes Bay in the rain

Our niece is getting married today. As a consequence, we drove  to Clive, near Napier, yesterday. Unkind weather made the trip less pleasant than it usually is,but on the other hand offered some opportunities for mood shots. Most photographers at … Continue reading

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November 28, 2015 … wild and woolly weather

We arrived back from Queenstown on Thursday into the teeth of a rising Northerly gale. Yesterday’s winds peaked at about 133 km/h.  In Oriental Bay, there was an odd combination of grey cloud, green water and some thin sunlight. I … Continue reading

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November 27, 2015 … clicking my heels together*

We flew home yesterday. Andrew and Abbey are wonderful hosts, and I miss our grandchildren already, but after a while there is an insistent call summoning us home. Our flight was at 2 pm, so the morning was free. For … Continue reading

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November 26, 2015 … Westward into the mist

Andrew and Abbey were both working yesterday, but were kind enough to lend us a car. Mary and I took some lunch and set out along the shore of Lake Wakatipu in the direction of Glenorchy. It was a grey … Continue reading

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November 25, 2015 … thunder in the gorge

Random wandering was yesterday’s plan. It started at the home of Andrew and Abbey where a strange bird call caught my attention. A Californian Quail was perched on a large transmission insulator which is a feature object in their garden. … Continue reading

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November 24, 2015 … following the river

Views from the Crown Range on the previous day prompted me to explore the Gibbston Valley. I went up Coal Pit Road, as far as the first closed gate and then, mindful of the sign warning that this was a … Continue reading

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November 23, 2015 … over the range

Billie was at a camp for guides at Lake Hawea. The family set out to retrieve her at the end of the camp, and dropped me in Wanaka at a transport and toy museum. This place has an amazing collection, … Continue reading

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November 22, 2015 … a stranger in a strange land

Queenstown was inundated yesterday with people in Lycra. It was the running of the annual marathon, and there were over 9,000 participants in the various stages from 10 km, half and full marathons. I am told that 80% of the … Continue reading

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November 21, 2015 … Southern colours

Despite the forecast, it was a fantastic morning for photographs. The water on Lake Hayes was almost still, and there were low clouds drifting around the mountains.  And as the morning progressed, the water acquired that viscous oily look rather … Continue reading

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