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MonoMonday #81: The Bigger Mount Peel

Living at the foot of Little Mount Peel, I often find myself pointing a camera at its triangular silhouette, but today on my way back from Ashburton I decided to focus on it’s bigger brother – Mount Peel. This shot is from Peel Forest road, using the tele end of my wonderful XF18-135 lens to bring the mountain in closer – making it bigger if you like.. I wanted to give it a old-school landscape feel too; usually I’m one who likes to shoot landscapes in the golden, blue or night light, but today I was presented with bright […]

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The Reluctant Sitter

Another day recovering from the lurgy, so once again I’ve been sure to stay in the warmth rather than venture outside. I think I’m starting to kick it finally, so here’s hoping come the new week I’ll be fighting fit. As she didn’t play ball when it came to having her photo taken on my 1095th blip-day, allowing [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2078732978082548669]Jack to steal the show[/url], I thought I’d get a sneaky portrait of Zoey whilst she way having a wee snooze. She must have heard me getting the camera down low and into place, and shot me a sneaky look just […]

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Going Nuts?

Yes, I’m still feeling crook and cabin fever has started to set in a little. It’s not that I want to do much; I would like to go for a walk outside, but I know I shouldn’t go out in the cold air with this chest. So, it’s kicking back in front of the fire, with [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2078732978082548669]my faithful companion[/url] by my side, a drink and a bowl of pistachios. Mrs H has even made cake. Choice. I guess things could be worse! Thanks to everyone (yes, the masses of you!) who commented and rated my 1095th blip from yesterday. […]

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My Constant Companion

I’ve been in bed for much of the day as I’m still feeling pretty rough; my cough has gone to my lungs, so I’m now taking several inhalers each day and a course of steroids to help me get over it. Unfortunately my outside shooting opportunities for my 1095th blip (yes, three years of daily photos, wow!) has had to be shelved, which is a shame as I had something planned, but to be honest the cloudy sky and rain wouldn’t have helped my night shot which I had in mind! So instead, I get another one of my […]

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A Snowy Four Peaks Drive-by, Geraldine

Another day with the lurgy, but today I’ve managed to leave the property. Me and Mrs H had to run into town to pickup some planter boxes today which we had made for our veggie garden, so on our way back I did another ‘drive-by’ of the snow covered and picturesque Four Peaks range, out to the west beyond baize green pastures. Tomorrow will see my 1095th blip, so I’m thinking of what to post already. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates (as well as my healthiness!).

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Last Light on the South Ridge, Little Mount Peel

Shot tonight from the comfort and warmth of the sunroom! It’s a pretty neat sight, watching the light disappear over the mountain or the cloud closing in, all from the comfort of the sofa. I’ve decided to stay inside today – I’ve been feeling not so flash and the cough that’s been niggling me has gone to my chest. I’m upping my inhalers, taking some expectorant and generally trying to keep warm. It might be time for a hot toddy too… 😉 I used my old manual focus Tokina 400mm f/5.6 lens for this, which I’ve adapted for use […]

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On the Right Track in Rakaia

Roadworks. The bane of the modern traveller. But if you’re a photographer they can come in quite handy. The speed limit on the Rakaia bridge is 30kmh due to concrete curing, so as me and Mrs H crossed the river this morning on the way to Christchurch, my ever-so-helpful passenger (with a little instruction from yours truly) put the window down and leaned out to get this shot of a goods train crossing the neighbouring rail bridge. I’m stoked with the result – Mrs H has done a great job. All I had to do was straighten, crop and […]

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Serenity under the stars

With another cold, crystal clear night upon us, I once more decided to head out to capture the stars. This is the view south towards the bright lights of the Clandeboye milk processing plant, shot with my 8mm fisheye to get an almost 180 view top to bottom. I think the red glow behind the dairy plant may be attributable to a faint aurora australis, which has been seen south of New Zealand tonight. I’m definitely facing the right direction here, but I think I’d have to call Clandeboye and tell them to cut the lights to be sure… […]

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A Little Light Snow

Plenty of snow flurries again today, but no significant amounts. As one shower with big flakes started coming down I decided to head out, but by the time I got to the stream bank the snow had turned to sleet, making me look for an alternative composition. So I looked down instead of up, getting a few of the flakes on one of the many types of ferns that we’re surrounded by.

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Snowy View of Little Mount Peel, Kowhai Stream

Well the promised snow eventuated overnight, but luckily we were limited to just a few centimetres; enough to make the forest look pretty, but not enough to bring the hardships of no power and frozen pipes. Late morning I decided to check out the view from up the Kowhai Stream, so I got the dogs ready, put on my warmest jacket and gumboots and headed upstream. This is the view from just below where the stream forks up towards the base of Emily Falls. I’ve shot from this location before, but this is the first time in the snow. […]

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