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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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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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