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A Foggy Start Over The Bush

It was another stunning sunrise from up here on high, but what made this morning special was being above the fog that blanketed most of the area around the Rangitata. This is the view looking down on Dennistoun Bush, its tall matai, totara and kahikatea poking their canopies out above the low mists. Not long after sunrise, I took the dogs out for a walk up the hill before settling down to work. Fungi are starting to make their presence known in the damp mornings, so I was able to grab some shots like the one in the extra […]

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Upper Rangitata Valley from Forest Creek Station

It’s been a dreary day in the Forest, but with my parents visiting this afternoon we decided to head up the gorge to take a punt on the sunshine up country. We needn’t haven’t worried. Once again the lands beyond the Waikari hills were bathed in glorious early autumn sunshine. Perfect for a jaunt up to Mesopotamia, the Te Araroa trail head and Dr Sinclair’s Grave at the barren [url=http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/te-kahui-kaupeka-conservation-park/dr-sinclairs-grave-mesopotamia-station-cemetery/]Mesopotamia cemetery[/url]. This is the view from the hill above Forest Creek Station (you can see the yards off to the left in the middle ground), looking up towards the […]

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The Summit

It’s been a hazy day up here in The Retreat, with the cloud swirling around the hills, then breaking to a quick shower of rain, then back to more moody cloud. As my desk is upstairs, I get a wonderful view out over the plains, but at the same time only need to walk out on to the balcony to look Nor’West towards the summit of Little Mount Peel, seen here amongst the swirling low clouds. A rainbow broke out over the plains earlier, and you’ll see the view across Peel Forest Estate (from my bathroom no less) if […]

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Old Trailer in the Kanuka

After a day’s work in Christchurch I took Jack for a walk down the driveway to get rid of a bit of his excess energy, as well as to give my legs a stretch. Whilst the walk down the steep gravel driveway was a bit excruciating on my poorly [s]right[/s] left knee, it was fine going back up. On my return I took this shot of an old trailer that sits in a stand of kana, just off to the side of the track.

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Sunrise over the Gorse

Like yesterday, I woke before sunrise today, giving me the chance to head out to this vantage point above our driveway to capture the sun breaking over the horizon. The gorse on the hillside is a reluctant nursery to natives which seem to be poking their heads up through their spiky blanket. Just as I was walking back to the house after taking this shot I was buzzed by tomtits, warblers and bellbirds, all full of morning song. What a gorgeous way to start a Sunday!

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Sunrise Over the Plains

In our elevated position, some 400m or so above sea level, we’re treated to superb views out over the plains, especially at sunrise. You can probably make out Banks Peninsula on the far horizon. Not quite “I can see my (old) house from here” but close! It’s great to watch the colours progress as the sun breaks over the horizon. I think waking up to the light certainly has its benefits with views like these!

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Northern Sky Over Little Mount Peel

How cool is it to be able to take night sky photos from my bedroom’s balcony with a view like this?!! This view takes in the constellations of Cancer, Leo and a bit of Virgo too, shot just before midnight, just as the moon was setting behind the mountain. It’s fair to say that the move to the new house certainly is full of photographic opportunities. I look forward to sharing it with the bliposphere over the next wee while…

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Early Morning Milky Way

One of the great things about our new home is its somewhat isolated position up on the hill, away from any lightspill. So this morning as I was just about to jump in the car and drive to Christchurch for my specialist appointment I decided to point my camera eastward to capture the Milky Way before the daybreak. As I suspected , I will be having surgery in a few weeks and again I’ll be having a bone graft and will be in a leg brace for 8 weeks…. Ah well!

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Our New View

Yeah, it’s not a bad view from the balcony of bedroom in our new place…. The summit of Little Mount Peel seems a little closer now. Maybe it’s because we’ve gone up 75m vertically into the trees. We’re still a bit upside down after the move, but I think Mrs H will knock the place into shape over the next few days. I’m back to the Garden City tomorrow for an appointment with my orthopaedic surgeon regarding my knee. It’s the left this time, but I’m hoping that the prognosis won’t[url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/3102988] lead to this again[/url],[url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/3113272][/url] Fingers crossed…..

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