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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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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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