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A Forest

“Come closer and see See into the trees Find the girl If you can Come closer and see See into the dark Just follow your eyes Just follow your eyes” ‘A Forest’, The Cure (1980) I’ve had a fun afternoon, taking photos of a lovely young local family in the bush. Mum, Dad and the two girls (aged 2 and 4) were just so chilled and lovely to shoot, and I think I’ve got some great results that my clients will be happy with and look back on with fondness. I didn’t want to feature any of the face […]

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Ferry Bridge over the Waiau River

After staying the night with friends in Woodend, this morning I headed to Hanmer Springs. I’ve been taking photos for work in and around Hanmer for a story I’ll be writing for a client’s blog. It was the first time I’ve been in the small tourist town for some time, so I was keen to grab a variety of shots whilst there. This shot of the Ferry Bridge is from the lookout on the Hanmer road. It’s certainly not an original place to take a shot of this bridge, but I’m happy with the result. I love the glorious […]

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An Evening Mountain View

One of the great things about living in the foothills is the changing light and cloudscapes. Little Mount Peel seems to create its own weather, and the cloud rolls in and out at great speed. The little stream around the corner always offers great reflections in the evening, so tonight as I walked the dogs I waited for the clouds to part so that I could grab this shot with the summit of the peak showing. It’s good to be back in glorious Velvia colour once more after a few days in Monochrome too 🙂

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Spring Evening View of Little Mount Peel

Ah, Labour Day. It seems a long time since our last public holiday, so it’s been lovely to have a ‘day off’.  Note the inverted commas above. I’ve had a pretty busy day, not to mention an early start, getting up to watch the rugby world cup semi-final between Argentina v Australia game.  After finally getting the lawns mowed (I’ve been wanting to the the grass cut all week) I headed down the now dry streambed with the dogs again this evening. The mellow light above the south ridge of Little Mount Peel was creating some wonderful shadows, perfect […]

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Big Old Boys

The drizzle has returned to the Forest and as usual the place goes monochromatic, as do I when it comes to blipping in these conditions. I was in our local chatting to a deer handler (mainly about last night’s rugby, but also about deer) when he suggested that these guys might be a good photo subject. These chaps, unlike many of the other deer on the estate, will be allowed to grow their antlers out. They’re on the old side now, and now that their velvet production days are behind them, they’ll will be sold off to hunting estates, […]

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Mesopotamia in Monochrome

Today we headed up country, traveling the 45 minutes up the Gorge Road towards the famous station of Mesopotamia. Mrs H and [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2104518816275893622]Daring2Go[/url] accompanied me in the Pajero as we crossed rough roads and stop banks to our final destination on the banks of the Rangitata, not far from Dr Sinclair’s grave at the windswept remote Mesopotamia Cemetery. This shot is looking upriver towards the Potts Range on the right of the river (Mt Potts is in the middle of the group of peaks on the right) and the Cloudy Peak range, seen just off centre. I thought I’d […]

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Conjoined

The end of the busy week, and what better way to ease the cares away than a walk in the bush. We’ve got a guest with us for a couple of nights as [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/daring2go]Daring2Go[/url] has come down to visit. J and I wandered around Dennistoun Bush this afternoon, and she marvelled at the the giant totara, matai and kahikatea that call it home. We’ve both posted the same magnificent matai today – it’s a superb specimen, reaching over 25 metres into the forest canopy and one that’s probably been standing for half a millennium. There’s a bench close to […]

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Apple Blossom with a Bellbird Serenade

It looks like this week has turned into a bit of a botanical one blipwise. I didn’t set out to just shoot plants and trees, but maybe its just having them on hand – either in the garden or in the bush – that’s pushed them to the forefront in a busy week. We got home from Christchurch – for the second time this week – a bit later than usual, so when it came to getting a blip I decided to shoot the beautiful apple blossom on the tree by the front gate. As I took this the […]

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