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Forest Quadtych

We’ve been under the shadow of the Nor’West cloud for much of the day here in the foothills, the threat of rain present but not eventuating unfortunately. After all, we really could do with some rain for the tanks…. I had in mind to create a ‘Tiny Tuesday’ macro shot in Dennistoun Bush, so I took a wander over the road and into the forest. Unfortunately I didn’t get to photograph the tiny, instead going closeup to some of the forest giants and their brethren. So here we have from left to right the bark of the Matai, Totara, […]

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The Wonder Horse

Another trip into Timaru this evening, this time for the monthly Focus Aorangi camera club meeting. On my way through I decided to stop at the Phar Lap raceway at Washdyke to see if I could get a nice silhouette against the dramatic cloudy dusk sky. Find out more about Phar Lap on my January visit to the [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2006700271417165387]same statue here:[/url]

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Golden Hour at the Taiko Zig Zag

Since moving to South Canterbury earlier in the year I’ve decided that one way to get to know the district better is to go home a different way where possible. Today’s trip to the storage unit in Timaru was no exception; this time out we decided to head back home through Claremont and Taiko. I’ve been meaning to head out this way since seeing [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/3234428]Rainie’s marvellous images[/url] of the hills around Taiko, one of which won a local photography award. Luckily for me Mrs H was born and bred in this part of the world, so she knows the […]

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The Original Flyer?

Whilst the Wright Brothers are acknowledged as those who first conquered the challenge of powered flight, there’s been rumblings in New Zealand for decades that Richard Pearse, a South Canterbury farmer and inventor, took to the skies first in March 1903, nine months before the date the history books were written at Kittyhawk. Pearse was a quiet man, not interested in publicity. For years he contradicted himself, leading many to believe he did not take to the skies until 1904. There are however four witnessed flights before the end of May 1903 but unfortunately no evidence, photographic nor newspapers, exist. […]

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Red Deer and Tripps Peak

This afternoon I had to run into Geraldine to grab some groceries and dispatch a parcel at the postshop. By the time I was on my way home the last of the light was making its way over the hills, so I stopped down the road at Arundel to take this shot of these young deer with the backdrop of Tripps Peak (1653m), dusted with overnight snow flurries.

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Kahikatea in the Rain

It’s been a wet day in the forest, but the dogs still needed their constitutional. As we walked around Blandswood in the rain, I spied this amazing kahikatea, its maze of branches covered with beardy lichens and mosses reaching for the concrete gray sky. This is my first blip with my new Fujifilm X100T. It’s an amazing little compact rangefinder style camera that will complement my Fuji X-T1 nicely. Its 35mm equivalent fixed focal length f/2 lens should give my creativity a bit of a work out. Who needs a zoom after all eh? 

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Herefords and The Three Peaks of Mount Peel

It’s now officially winter, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatures. After running a few errands in Geraldine, Mrs H and I crossed back over the Rangitata and headed towards Mayfield. I’ve been asked to do some marketing work for a local business who wanted to incorporate our local peaks in their logo, so I thought I’d head out away from the forest get a photo of the mountains for me to trace. After capturing the peaks of Little Mount Peel, Middle Mount Peel and Mount Peel itself (seen here from left to right), […]

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Little Mount Peel Reflected

There’s no cure for the common cold, but I reckon the sight of the mountains is enough to lift the spirits and get you out of a funk. Today’s walk with the dogs definitely hit the spot; I’ve been feeling pretty rotten all day, but a bit of fresh, cold air certainly blew away the cobwebs. Again, I’ve not wandered too far home for this one – maybe a hundred metres – but the dogs demanded a little bit more, so we walked to the edge of the bush and back. Not far, but judging by the way they’re […]

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