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A Day with the Birds

After a cold start, Mrs H and I have spent most of the day outside on  our deck, enjoying the sunshine and the activity of the birdlife around the house. Today’s soundtrack has been the chattering of fantails, hunting in spirals between the garden and the trees at the top of the slope, picking off midges as the go. Occasionally they’d land for a breather, so I was there to capture this one briefly at rest between hunting forays. Our resident kerry has been in the kowhai again – check the extras for a view of him picking up […]

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Milky Way over Blandswood

Another gorgeous, dark starry night. This shot didn’t go exactly to plan unfortunately, as I got my timing all out. I was hoping that I was going to be able to capture the galaxy lower in the sky, but I got down to my shooting spot too early (just after midnight). I’ll need to come back better equipped  – i.e. with lots more layers on, thicker socks,  something better to illuminate the foreground – another time later at night/earlier in morning, depending on how you look at it. Still, whets the appetite for the final, improved version I suppose…!

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An Alien Visitation

Another visitor has crawled out of the bush… This is just one example of the many species of tree weta in NZ (this one’s a male). Living up in the bush we often see them in amongst our firewood, but this one came into the house before being relocated. To give you an idea of size this one had a body about 10mm across and about 90mm in length including the antennae.

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Goodbye for now, craggy friend.

I love my adopted country dearly, and there are a few special places here which really touch my soul. The Maniototo is one of them. There’s something about the place that just clicks with me. Its landscape is vast, but yet contained, somewhat brutal in the winter but yet full of fascinating details and rich history. The place is one for hardy souls who don’t mind their own company. It’s not flash, nor showy. Just raw and honest. I’ve said my goodbyes today and headed home to the bush. My journey was somewhat convoluted, going the long way through […]

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Hamilton’s Cemetery, Waipiata

I’ve been on my own in the Maniototo now that my travelling companions braved the weather to make it back to the 03. After getting provisions in Ranfurly, I made my way through to Naseby, hoping to be able to bash my way through to the pub at Dansey’s Pass. Unfortunately the road was closed so I decamped to the Ancient Briton for a light refreshment, courtesy of the good people of Emerson’s brewery. Naseby is such a cute little place so I’ve added some extras of a couple of the old buildings there. Before the rest of the […]

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A Bleak Day in the Maniototo

It’s been a very wet day everywhere in the South Island, and we’ve not been spared in the Maniototo. This shot, at this well known Shearer’s Quarters at the foot of the Hawkduns, was far from pleasant – the rain horizontal, the wind stinging in its bitterness. Just to make it a bit more miserable I got my feet wet in this little burn that drains from the property. But still, even in this weather, the landscape is stunning – well, what you can see of it of course! Eventually we ended up in Gilchrist’s General Store in Oturehua, […]

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