November 23, 2015 … over the range

Billie was at a camp for guides at Lake Hawea.


One of the few vehicles that gave a clear view

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, but is hugely frustrating because they have so many items they have insufficient space to display anything well. Nevertheless, some items can be seen in part, if not in whole.


Trucking back in time

If they have attempted to organize the collection in any way, their plan eludes me. Trucks facing a glass cabinet full of clocks were a surprise but allowed for a little whimsy.


Mary Poppins?

A random collection of bicycles hung in the rafters made an interesting opportunity to make some passing reference to ET and/or Mary Poppins.


The C60A Lodestar

In another hangar, a beautiful Lockheed C60A Lodestar was backed up so tightly that its tailfin was actually in contact with the fuselage of a de Havilland DH104 Devon. Every space was filled with vehicles, spare parts, armoured fighting vehicles.


Fokker Friendship … flaps lying atop the wing

In the adjacent hangar, the centre piece was a Fokker F27 Friendship complete except for the tailfin. Parking vehicles between the fuselage and the undercarriage legs was an act of bravery. Don’t be put off. It’s a fantastic collection.


Through the Dry Cardrona*

We took the road over the Crown Range to get home, and I tried a slow exposure through the windscreen.


Looking down the Queenstown runway from the top of the Crown Range

At the top of the hill, looking down on Queenstown is a splendid reward for the long trip through the winding road of the Cardrona valley.

That’s all for now.


By the Dry Cardrona by James K Baxter and D. Tomms



About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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