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Cloudy Peak

It’s seems I’ve become an accidental postman. Today I’ve been back on the mail run to Mesopotamia, but today I thought I’d pack a long lens with my kit to see what I could capture from the valley floor. Cloudy Peak, seen here with the 400mm lens from just before Forest Creek, rises 2403m above the confluence of the Havelock, Clyde and Rangitata Rivers, the highest peak in its eponymous range. Its lower flanks were used to film the Helms Deep location shots for the Lord of the Rings movies, just across the river from Mount Sunday, the location […]

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Drying Time

With the Oak finally split and stacked, it looks like we’ll have a handy stack of firewood for next year. It’s not enough to get us through the winter (particularly if its as harsh as the one we’ve just gone through) but there’s a few weeks worth there at least. I’m backblipping again. Today was Mrs H’s birthday, so we went down to our friends in the village for a celebratory curry and beers. Nice.

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MonoMonday #87 – Past

I’m a bit late on MonoMonday this week – it was anniversary day here in South Canterbury and, as is the case on most Holidays, we were flat out working for much of the day. After knocking down the big weed in the front garden – as seen on yesterday’s star blip –  we got round to splitting the rest of the oak, as well as burning the scrappy bits on the DOC-approved bonfire (we have to get a permit from the guys and gals in green due to living within a scenic reserve). As such my blipportunities were […]

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Firewood under a Full Moon

I was hoping to get a shot of the mother elephant seal and her pup when in Timaru today, but after driving down to the port we decided against it. I’ve always enjoyed seeing wildlife up close, but to be greeted with the sight of the seal and her pup within a very small cordon that was surrounded by people made my heart sink a little. I hoped that she would have lots of open space around her and her pup, but the lack of it made me think twice about photographing her. So after dark tonight I decided […]

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Wethers in Changeable Weather

The dogs and I went for a quick walk down the road this morning. It was sunny when we left, became drizzly at our turnaround point and then was fine by the time we got home. What’s more hiding behind the cloud on the slopes of Little Mount Peel there was a fresh icing sugar dusting of snow, which must have come down when it was raining in the bush last night. On our way back we stopped to say hi to these chaps. They’re usually pretty curious and unlike many sheep come close to the fence to check […]

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Afternoon Snack Time for Kereru, Dennistoun Bush

This afternoon I took a break from the keyboard and headed across the road to take some photos of the kowhai on the fringes of the bush. This large kowhai at the entrance of Dennistoun Bush was humming with bumblebees, their fuzzy bodies being squeezed into the delicately small bell shaped flowers. As I was framing up some shots of the bees, this hefty kereru came crashing into the canopy to feast on some of the tasty yellow petals, so I swung the lens upwards to catch the bird having a break mid-snack. Once again I forgot to set […]

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Waikari Hills’ Willing Workers

It seems that I’m a part-time casual mail man; I did the run up to Mesopotamia gain today, so as per usual, I packed the Fuji (and the GoPro, but more on that later) and decided to try and catch some more rural blips in the high country. One of the first stops on the run is at Waikari Hills Station, at the bottom of the Rangitata Gorge. When I pulled in to leave the mail, these guys were waiting for their boss to come back and give them a job to do. Before I got the here though, […]

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Taking Shelter From the Rain

It’s been a gloomy drizzly day in the bush today, but I suppose it’s good for the rainwater tanks… This afternoon Mrs H dropped me in Geraldine to pick up our Toyota from the garage. Last week it was deemed to be ‘uneconomical to repair’, so we left getting the work done and have sold it to a mechanic for refurb (their time is ‘free’ after all). We’ve taken delivery of the replacement truck already, but the Smurf will be heading off to its new owners over the weekend. As I headed home I stopped to take a shot […]

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