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Blue Waters of the Rangitata

I’m still feeling a bit meh thanks to the headcold, so today’s challenge was to get a blip in a location that was close by, not too early in the morning, not late at night. On my way to the store to get some milk, I decided to turn left at the end of the road, heading up the gorge road rather than down to the village. Parking up at the Lynn Stream bridge ([url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2049070504840529427/gallery/2049072380264842974]I’ve been here recently[/url]), I then walked down the stream until I reached the noisy waters of the Rangitata. The river at this point is […]

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Classics and Collectibles, Mayfield

It’s Queen’s Birthday weekend in New Zealand, with Monday being a public holiday to celebrate Her Majesty’s Coronation. Each year on this weekend South Canterbury’s roads hum to the sound of vintage cars making their way to Fairlie for the Irishman Creek Rally, this year being the 61st year it’s being held in the Mackenzie Country. As we made our way back home from Christchurch – via the inland road through the Rakaia Gorge, our preferred route – we passed through Mayfield. As I nipped into the dairy to grab some water, Mrs H noticed these classics parked up […]

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Frozen Morning in Middle Earth

The alarm went off early again this morning, but rather than spring out of bed, I reluctantly left the comfort of the duvet; I’ve had a cold brewing for the last day or so (thanks Mrs H!) so wasn’t feeling that great. Also I knew that it was going to be a frosty morning, so I was going to have to wrap up warm. I was not wrong. As I de-iced the car, it did go through my mind that I could just go back to bed and head out again later. But, I’d already made my mind up […]

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Rinse and Repeat

Another morning stroll on Sumner beach with Daring2Go this morning, and what do you know, the dipper – surely the keenest beachgoer in Canterbury – was also there, running across the sands and then immersing himself amongst the breakers. Mad I tell you, mad. It was cold again – not as fine as yesterday either – and the last thing I’d be wanting to do was dunking myself into the cold sea, health benefits or not! [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2050105885191047020]Daring2Go has got another view over on her blog[/url] – she’s got him coming out as I’ve got him going in. Mrs H […]

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Morning on Sumner Beach

As [url=http://www.blipfoto.com/daring2go]Daring2Go[/url] mentioned on her journal, I’ve been up in Christchurch staying with her in Sumner whilst Mrs H is in hospital this week. I got the call down the hallway at 7.15am that my host was heading down to the beach, so we grabbed our cameras and went to check out the daybreak. The tide was coming in, whipped up by the onshore breeze, which in turn was creating some pretty impressive seas. As I retreated to the safety of the rocks on the break water, this keen jogger appeared out of stage left, ran along the beach […]

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MonoMonday #69, THGTTG – thanks for all the fish

“The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards-somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star Spangled Banner’, but in fact the message was this: So long and thanks for all the fish” [i]Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy[/i] Thanks to Cousteau’s seafood in Merivale for this superb spread. The Dolphins would love it.

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Frozen Morning in the Rangitata Valley

The alarm went off at 6am this morning as I decided late lat night to head up the gorge towards Mesopotamia at dawn. And what a beautiful cold start to the day it was. First stop was Lynn Stream at Mount Peel to capture the Milky Way before the sun rose. I then carried on the climb up the Waikari Hills, then down to the valley floor below White Rock station. Rather than heading all the way to Mesopotamia, I stopped before crossing the Forest Creek bridge in the shadow of Ben McLeod, seen here under the pink skies […]

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Afternoon at the Opihi Vineyard

It’s been another stunning day in South Canterbury, perfect weather for exploring more of our relatively new back yard. Mrs H and I decided today would be good for a tiki tour; initially we thought of taking a picnic but after I did a bit of googling we plumped for lunch at the Opihi Vineyard, close to Hanging Rock. And a leisurely lunch it was too – we had the conservatory to ourselves, so we sat there drinking wine from the vines, watching the light play on the surrounding hills whilst pukekos browsed the lawns. As we made our […]

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Sundown at Seadown

Another trip into Timaru this afternoon to grab a few bits and bobs, as well as another visit to the the inlaws, and boy was the day one out of the box. On the way home we decided to return home via the backroad behind Timaru airport at Seadown. As we passed the runway, I pulled up to grab this shot of a centre pivot irrigator reaching its way towards the distant hills. It’s cold and clear out there already, touching 1ºC at 7pm, so I think I might be capturing a few star scenes later tonight if it […]

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Nature’s Splendour

No matter how many times I walk through Dennistoun Bush, I always see something new. It’s a microcosm of the New Zealand bush; majestic trees, rich green ferns, strange and intruiging fungi, and of course, birds, birds and more birds. Today I stopped in front of this huge totara for the first time. I’ve walked past it many a time now, giving it a casual glance, admiring the scale and its ancient, time hewn features. It’s not the biggest tree in the bush, not as obvious (weird considering its mass) as others, maybe because it’s on the path but […]

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