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Evening on the Orari Gorge

My brother in law is down from Auckland for a visit, so this evening, before heading out to a fancy dress 50th party in the village, we headed round the road to the Orari Gorge. If you [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2099616523323706652/gallery/]check out the larger version[/url], TJ is just about visible on the bank on the right hand side of the image ; he spotted a nice little rainbow trout (maybe a couple of pounds) circling in the deeper waters below the rapids. I might have to return with a rod and reel some day with my Dad next time he’s over from […]

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A Chilled-Out Day

It’s been a glorious day in Canterbury and North Otago, perfect for a drive home on my birthday. We decided to head back from the Maniototo via the Pigroot to Palmerston and then up the coast via Shag Point and our lunch destination at Fleur’s Place at Moeraki. I once again walked out to the rocks at Shag Point, employing my long modified tokina telephoto to grab this shot of a sleeping New Zealand Fur Seal. It’s always a privilege getting close to seals on many parts of our coastline; they’re quite a good subject for nature photograph too […]

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Old Homestead Under the Milky Way, Wedderburn

It’s been a full day down here in Central Otago, as me and Mrs H criss-crossed the Maniototo basin. Our day started off with a trip to St Bathan’s and the Blue Lake, followed by a drive up to the Falls Dam and it’s surreal, plug-hole outlet (see the extras for a shot of this). After morning tea there, we decided to climb up to the windswept Poolburn Reservoir and its impressive and bizarre schist landscape. Last stop of the day (after a meal in the Wedderbrn pub of course!) was up at this old homestead on the hills […]

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Golden Light On The Rail Trail

We’re down South for a couple of days, staying at the lovely Wedderburn Cottages on the Central Otago rail trail. We came down via the always stunning Dansey’s Pass, but unlike my last trip over the pass I didn’t stop to take photos due to the weather; our whole journey south saw us buffeted by gale force Nor’Westers but up over the pass at altitude it just seemed crazy to battle the strong winds just to take a photo. At the bottom of the pass Mrs H and I reckoned we deserved a cold one, so we stopped at […]

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The Long Road Home

Another Christchurch Tuesday, which means a return journey via Thompson’s Track. As you can see it’s a long straight road and when it’s a warm Nor’West evening like it was tonight, it’s a pleasure to drive. Thanks to all the comments etc for the last couple of days worth of blips. Sorry I haven’t had a chance to reply to you all individually, but it’s been a bit crazy with early mornings and late nights.

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Falling Water, Peel Forest

It’s been a beautiful day in the bush, so this morning before starting work in the study I decided to take advantage of the fine day and walk up the stream towards the base of Rata Falls. This waterfall pictured is not actually Rata Falls though, it’s the spill over that is fed from the main pool of the falls. Keen spotters will see that there’s a rope with loops in the image – I believe this is for those keener and fitter than me to climb the rock wall and make passage the hard way up to the […]

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Milky Way Over Clarke Flat, Peel Forest

To say it’s been a blustery one here today is somewhat of an understatement The roaring Nor’West pushed the mercury close to 25C in the early afternoon, but despite the warmth it was a day to be inside. In my case, this meant trying to get the office a little straighter; now the desks are moved, me and Mrs H should be able to work back to back in the office with plenty of room around us. With the wind blowing, I waited until dark to get today’s blip, the DOC picnic shelter down at Clarke Flat. It was […]

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A Stream of Kowhai on the Kowhai Stream

After a busy day doing  a part spring clean, part reorganisation of the kitchen, I decided to take Jack or a walk down the Kowhai Stream before we headed round to our neighbours place for dinner. It’s been a stunning spring day in the foothills; the westerly flow bumping the temperature into the 20’s, it could almost pass for a day in the beginning of December, let alone October.  At this time of year, as you walk down the its dry bed, it’s easy to see why the Kowhai Stream has its name; its rocky creek bed fringed by […]

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