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

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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