November 20, 2015 … taking flight to the South

It was time to visit the Southern-most branch of the family.


A Bombardier Q300 in Air New Zealand’s crisp black and white scheme takes off.

Mary and I are now in Queenstown with our son Andrew (Drew to everyone else), his wife Abbey, and our two fantastic grandchildren, Billie and Otis. Our departure from Wellington was delayed due to the late arrival of our aircraft, so I amused myself with images of aircraft movements.


The C130 is a very effective aircraft despite its age. This one is probably on a routine flight ferrying military personnel between bases in the North and South.

As well as civilian aircraft, there was an RNZAF C130  Hercules looking suitably sinister in its dark grey scheme.


Otis catches up with all the latest news from Gran

Eventually we got away, and in due course were met by Abbey. We had to scramble to collect Otis from School and after unpacking and so on, we walked around to the bus stop to meet Billie from her more distant school. Otis is a very endearing young man, and I just loved seeing him walk hand-in-hand with his Gran. It reminded me of a famous image by the NZ Herald photographer, Michael Tubberty, of Dame Whina Cooper setting out on the great land march or hikoi back in 1975. Happily this was a shorter march and we soon got big hugs from Billie too.


South Island Pied Oystercatcher

I borrowed Abbey’s car to see what was happening at Lake Hayes. Sadly the wind had ruffled the surface of the lake but I was pleased to catch this South Island Pied Oystercatcher which will eat whatever it can find in the grass in the absence of any oysters.

More tomorrow.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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