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MonoMonday #74 – Line

This morning I raced into Orari to drop my cracked water pump off to the Irrigation shop there. The guys were great – so much so that as I write my pump has a new body casing and is already reinstalled in the pump shed, delivering water to our header tank and the house. Yes, after four days, civilisation – aka running water – returns to the home of the Horomakas! On my way home, I decided to travel up the road that runs alongside the Orari towards the foot of the hills. I knew that there’s a pylon […]

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Snow Poplars, Mount Peel

Today has been a busy one, with Geraldine Photo Club coming to Peel Forest today for a field trip I was acting as tour guide. Our first stop was up by the Waikari Sheepyards, which I shot in the dusk the other night. Initially we’d hoped to make it up on the gorge road, but the black ice just before we left the tar seal out paid to that – it was just too dangerous to go any further. After shooting the views towards Mount Pukanui beyond the sheepyards, we stopped at the Church of the Holy Innocents at […]

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Curious Cattle, Opuha

I’ve been out exploring the area again today; on my way back from a matting class at Pleasant Point, hosted by [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/OldTimer]OldTimer[/url], I decided to take the scenic route home, returning to the forest via Hanging Rock, Opuha and the Opihi River Valley. Climbing up on to the Kakahu Hills north of the Opihi, I stopped near the tiny hamlet of Opuha to get this shot of these cattle with the milky afternoon sun illuminating the paddocks and their snow clad backdrop.

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Dusk Over Mount Pukanui and the Moorhouse Range

It looks like there’s a change in the weather coming, so before the rain sets in I decided to head up the Gorge Road once more to take some photos of clear skies and snow on the hills. I went up to the sheepyards on the corner of Waikari Road, with its gorgeous backdrop of the Moorhouse Range. At the far right hand side of this image is Mount Hutt; as I took this I could see the lights on the skifield access road. The thaw looks like it is finally starting; today we had some cold water coming […]

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The Rolling Hills of South Canterbury

We’ve had a break from the snow and ice today, with me and Mrs H making a trip into Timaru. Our journey was necessitated by the lack of water at home; we’ve been under the cosh of a near constant frost, with the mercury plummeting overnight to minus double figures for much of the week. As such our water pipes – both those in the house and those supplying the house from our rainwater tank – have frozen solid. And this is despite them being lagged too. All in all a pretty sorry state of affairs brought on by […]

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Aurora Spotting in the Freezing Cold

Yesterday’s large amount of geomagnetic unrest in our upper atmosphere gave me plenty of motivation to head out in the early hours of the morning in search of the Aurora Australis. Initially I’d planned to head out towards the coast, thinking that a clear view south over the ocean would provide some good opportunities to spot the Southern Lights. Another thing was on my mind though – black ice. The chilling temperatures have seen several accidents, including one on the road I used to travel each day from Kaituna, which sadly eventuated in a fatality. Luckily I did not […]

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As the Milky Way Sets, the Aurora and Sun Rises

With predicted auroral activity just before sunrise, I decided to be out in time to catch the rays and see the stars set. The temperature was biting – as I took this the mercury had dropped down to -7ºC, plenty cold enough to make me shuffle my feet on the spot to keep warm. This capture is with the fisheye lens, allowing me to fit in the edge of the sunrise in the east, as well as the red beams of the Aurora Australis, all under the arc of the Milky Way as it disappears into the morning light. […]

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View to the Four Peaks Range from Geraldine Downs

Another cold start this morning, so after defrosting the car I headed into Geraldine to get a warrant of fitness for the car.  The guys at the garage had a bit of a backlog, so I thought I’d spend a couple of hours walking up through Talbot Forest to the hills above the township, along the Downs Road. The views up the top were quite splendid; there’s still a bit of snow hanging around the paddocks, as well as up towards the mountains. As I started my descent back down into town halfway through my circuit, I walked down […]

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Knee Deep on the Waikari Hills, Rangitata Valley

After a trip into town for a celebratory Birthday lunch with Mrs H’s Mum, we headed back home to find that our power has been restored. Yay!! It’s a big relief to finally get some electricity back to into the fridge and freezers, and dare I say it, the broadband router. It’s much easier blipping inside rather than out in the open on Lookout Road (although the view of Little Mount Peel makes it worthwhile). After arriving back home and getting Mrs H all settled (she’s still feeling a bit rough following surgery a few weeks back) I decided […]

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