Category Archives: Mangaroa Valley

October 23, 2015 … low cloud and drizzle

The last few days have been freaky, weather-wise. We have had strong winds alternating with low cloud, mist and rain. Normally I would suggest that these are incompatible, but that’s what we have had.  Low cloud is not necessarily bad … Continue reading

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September 12, 2015 … in a quiet valley

Business issues took me to the upper valley yesterday. Rather than going straight home, I went first to the Plateau a little to the North of Upper Hutt. Though some images were made there, nothing really ignited the creative flame … Continue reading

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July 11, 20i5 … what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger*

There was supposed to be snow. North of Upper Hutt there is an area called the Plateau, and it can usually be relied upon to be a few degrees colder than other parts of the Hutt Valley, especially in Winter … Continue reading

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December 29, 2014 … bush at the edge of the city

We seem to have developed a new tradition.   Mary makes a picnic lunch and then I drive us to a surprise location. Yesterday’s trip was a bit constrained by fears of holiday congestion on the main roads. I went … Continue reading

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October 15, 2014 … wandering without a map

I know I am in trouble when I set out to take a picture but have no idea where, or of what. The technique of following your nose can lead to mediocrity. Nevertheless I set out in the direction that … Continue reading

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August 15, 2014 … le jour où la pluie viendra*

As the old joke has it, if you don’t like our climate, wait twenty minutes. It began well enough, though I would have preferred that the wind was not ruffling the water like that. There were a large number of … Continue reading

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June 1, 2014 … oh what a perfect day*

After a week or two of indifferent weather, we suddenly got lucky. This is a long weekend in in New Zealand, on which we observe the sovereign’s birthday. Her real birthday is April 21, but in New Zealand, it is … Continue reading

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