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St Stephen’s, Peel Forest

This pretty little church stands in the centre of Peel Forest village and, like many of its older and hardier residents, can talk of surviving through tough times. Built originally in 1868, the church was blown down by a ferocious Nor’Wester in 1884 and rebuilt two years later. The bell tower that now stands independently from the church was also once part of the structure; like the rest of the church, the bell tower succumbed to the Nor’West in 1914, and was rebuilt in the grounds. I think you could say it’s a great reflection of how resilient some […]

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Looking Up Taylor’s Stream Towards Winterslow

The third Tuesday of the month means Camera Club at Diamond Harbour, so today me and Mrs H (as well as the H-in-Laws – they had an event in the CBD) made the trip up the inland route to the Garden City and its environs. After stopping at the Staveley Store and Cafe for lunch (one of our favourite haunts) we carried on up towards the Rakaia Gorge. As we passed over the Taylor’s Stream I snapped this from the passenger seat, pointing my happy little travel companion – my Fuji X100s – towards the snow glowing on the […]

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MonoMonday #68: Day of the Triffids

[url=http://www.quotes.net/mquote/22645][/url] “Keep behind me. There’s no sense in getting killed by a plant.” [i]Day of the Triffids movie, 1962[/i] These Kahikatea roots that snake along the forest floor in Dennistoun Bush have always reminded me of the Triffids; maybe it’s because I’m a child of the seventies so to me the 1981 BBC TV series – with all its naff special effects [i]was [/i] the Triffids to me. These roots are the same – they just don’t seem real, it’s like they’re part of a TV set. When I read that today’s challenge was the Day of the Triffids I thought […]

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Stargazing at Braemar Station, Lake Pukaki

Tonight I made a trip down to the shores of Lake Pukaki to catch up with a friend and her Mum who were renting a cottage on Braemar Station to celebrate their Birthdays. I offered to do a bit of a stagazing tour for them, the three of us and Mrs H went down to a nice open area right alongside the lake to view the highlights of the southern sky. Whilst the girls were sorting out the hot chocolates at the car, I decided to hang back at the lakeside and get this shot of the galactic core […]

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Golden Light on the Opihi

Today we had a trip into Timaru to dispose of the old wall linings I tore down in the living room last week, as well as stopping by to see the inlaws and picking up a few more bits of furniture from the storage unit. On the way back home as we crossed the Opihi River near Temuka, I aimed my X100s out the car window (Mrs H was driving) to capture this shot of the low light across the braided river flats. Tomorrow I’m heading down to the Mackenzie Country once more; I’m going to be giving a […]

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Huatekerere

With the light starting to fade, this evening me and the dogs headed up the kowhai stream once more to stretch our legs and get some fresh air. The cloud was swirling above us and Little Mount Peel/Huatekerere, giving a moody light over the forest and dry stream bed. It’s been a grey day mostly for us, the hills trapping clouds and wind blowing rain down to the lower slopes. When I took this, little did I know that the cloud would eventually clear to a gorgeous clear starry night. And whilst it’s tempting to head out and shoot […]

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Nice Place For A Picnic; Te Wanahu Flat

After a walk through the bush this morning, I thought I’d grabbed my shot for the day. I’m sure you can picture the scene; me, sitting on a small bench in the middle of the Dennistoun loop track, firing away with the X-T1 taking photos of fantails and the bush as light streamed through the canopy. All very nice. But when going through my shots something seemed to be missing, a certain [i]je ne sais quoi.[/i] So tonight, just before midnight, I thought I’d swing round to Te Wahanu Flat  – a clearing on the edge of the forest […]

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Bridge to the Southern Lights

For the second successive night we’ve been treated to a subtle display of the wondrous Aurora Australis.  Funnily enough, tonight I’ve been giving a talk about night photography to the Geraldine Photo Club, so on my way home I got the chance to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ by having another go at nailing a shot of the glow with the stars.  I chose a different location from last night; in fact I prefer this one so this might get the nod for more star shots. Plus, there’s no hum of the overhead powerlines here;  just the […]

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Near Midnight Special: .Aurora and Milky Way

With the witching hour fast approaching and word of an Aurora Australis filtering down off the social networks, I decided to head out of Blandswood and make my way towards Geraldine to see what was out there. Stopping on one of the gravel roads that make their way towards the Orari River, I set up my tripod. It was surprising to see the camera registering the yellow and red of the aurora quite clearly, especially as it was still pretty faint with the naked eye. Having got the exposure right, I then decided to make this pano, with 6 […]

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MonoMonday #67 – Twilight Zone: Ghost of Addington

It looks like I’m the first cab off the rank for today’s MonoMonday challenge (well that does make a change!). At first I was stuck for what I was going to post, but then I thought about something creepy…. So, where better than a creepy graveyard, like this one in Addington, Christchurch. It’s one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, and is the final resting place of many prominent settler families as well as Kate Sheppard. As I was trying to decide what to shoot, I got a sudden chill. So I set up my camera and captured “The Ghost […]

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