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Green Shoots (but not quite Spring)

Cloud has been lurking with intent above the forest for much of the day, but of course it waited until I had left for a walk with Jack before the weather let go. On our walk, I stopped to take this shot of a fresh, lime green Five Finger shoot that was sprouting under a giant Matai. Having the Weather Resistant 18-135mm lens comes into its own on days like these.  Whilst I had a bag with me (holding my 14mm wide angle), the robust nature of the lens and X-T1 combo meant I could leave it draped over […]

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Ripe for the Picking

With the sky so blue, temperatures in the high teens and our neighbours’ elm trees budding, you could be fooled into thinking that Spring was here. As I was out in the garden, I noted this kereru high in one of the elms, feeding on the buds, so grabbed my adapted Pentax 400mm lens (ignore the 12mm on the metadata – I forgot to change the setting on the Fuji) and chucked it on the X-T1 to get this shot of the cheeky chap mid-picking. I’m heading out to shoot some more stars shortly, but if you can’t wait […]

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Galactic Kiwi Over the Forest

Wow, what a wonderful starry night out there. It’s cold for sure, but approaching midnight the arch of the Milky Way’s galactic core is out towards the West, right over the forest here in Blandswood. The title of this blip refers to the ‘Galactic Kiwi’ – a small kiwi-shaped area of dust cloud, just underneath the galactic bulge shown here. It’s been a good day; I visited a client in Waimate in the sunshine, taking in the views over their vines out towards the town and the sea. What a great location. Tonight we had a quiz at the […]

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Nor’West Over the Orari

It’s been another blustery day here in South Canterbury, so on returning home from Geraldine, as we crossed the Orari bridge, I decided to take advantage of Mrs H driving and grab this drive-by shot of the rain-shadow Nor’West clouds building over the Four Peaks range at the head of the river. Another work day tomorrow, this time a roadie down to Waimate. Should be fun.

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MonoMonday #79 – Electric

This pole in our front garden has been on our mind today – not just because of today’s MonoMonday challenge, but also because this pole has been rocking in the strong gusty Nor’West which has been assaulting us today. Not good. We’re hoping the lines company will be here tomorrow to swap it for a new one. So this is probably its first and last chance to be a blip-star! Thanks to Aphid for hosting this month’s challenge. Thanks also for all the lovely comments for Maniototo shots over the last few days. If you missed yesterday’s sunrise from […]

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Sunrise at the Poolburn Dam, Central Otago

My last day in the Maniototo started early, but boy was it worth it. At the stunning setting of the Poolburn Dam, high in the hills above the basin, we were treated to a glorious sunrise of pinks, yellows and oranges, all reflecting on the partly frozen lake surface. Our group for today ([url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2074398921093811438]Gingernan[/url], [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2074463864736452430]Optomist[/url] and [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2074466845473114677]Spikes2013[/url]) have all chosen blips from around the area near the reservoir, so it’s fitting that I join them with my blip. It was a tough choice though; before leaving we shot at a derelict homestead and on my way home I photographed […]

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Golden Dew, Manuherika Stockyards

Day two of my Central Otago weekend away, and today me and the group went skipping through the mud of the Hawkdun range backblocks in our four-wheel drives. After a quick trip down to the Blue Lake at St Bathans, we headed up Hawkdun Runs Road, looping back past Homestead Camp, over the Manuherika River, down to Falls Dam and then on back to the main road via Home Hills Road. Just before we crossed the river, I took this shot as we descended down from Homestead Hut, where we’d stopped for a warm cuppa. In the extra photos […]

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Standing Empty in the Maniototo

I’m down in the Maniototo this weekend, joining fellow blippers [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2073627069173993313]Gingernan[/url], [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2073720786929058682]Optomist[/url], [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2073633988018176004]Spikes2013[/url] and a few like minded souls in Wedderburn in the Maniototo. Just before we lost the light, myself, Gingernan and Spikes headed up to this abandoned farm up the road at Hills Creek. Apparently it’s quite a popular spot with photographers – and apparently the owner is not so fond of people wandering around – so Gingernan got the details of the owner and phoned ahead to get us clearance. This shot is with Spaniards (aciphylla sp.) in the foreground and the Hawkdun range behind the old farmhouse. The light […]

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Under the Stars in Port Levy

I’m posting late again, but this time I’m back in the forest after a very long day. I’ve been working again in the garden city, followed up by a meeting over in Diamond Harbour this evening. Between the two I decided to head over the hill to Port Levy. With a near- full moon, I thought it would be good to capture the old jetty under the bright moonlight, with the stars just managing to peek out in the floodlight night sky. I’m heading off again tomorrow, leaving the lovely Mrs H to man the fort once again. I’m […]

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