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Muriwai Beach

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Muriwai is one of my favourite places on the planet… It’s beauty and fierceness are indescribable. Every time I am there, I am shocked by it and as I leave I am planning my next trip. It’s only an hour from home, so it’s not that difficult. The seabirds are incredible, here are two – a gannet with nesting material in its beak. This is a massive bird, with a metre or more wingspan. On the bottom is a Caspian Tern. I am pleased with this shot, though I wish it were a bit sharper, but they fly like bullets, so this is good – especially since he’s got a bit of dinner for the kids in his beak!

In between, a couple of landscapes and to-die for sunset.

I love Muriwai!


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04/12/2013 at 12:42 am

Winter never ends

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23/06/2013 at 7:56 am

More Bits of Summer

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Sorry for missing out on yesterday. As I was preparing to post, there was an enormous bang – like an explosion somewhere out on the street. The lights flashed a second and then the power went out. Pretty scary – especially for down here in the soothing nowhere-ness of Titirangi. Then the power popped back on and all was well, except the internet wasn’t working. Ah well…

Here are some more summery bits from this, the most perfect I can ever remember having in New Zealand. When it does rain – I don’t even mind…
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The red billed gull is my favourite gull. Pretty nasty to be honest (aren’t they all?) But possibly the most photogenic gull in the world.


Seaweed, slippery, slimey, icky and kind of yuck… kind of awesome too…


I told you  – I’m a sucker for a red billed gull – especially one prancing around with a prize in its mouth.

Don't fence me in
And this summer, we’ve just got so many vistas like this – blue and green that go on forever and ever. I wish summer would too…

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05/02/2013 at 10:30 pm

Limpid Pools

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When I was a kid, I loved to go skinny dipping. Everything about it was tingly and exciting and made me feel so very alive and somehow naughty, though I couldn’t explain why… I had my places… I’d follow the creek, ours or someone else’s – sooner or later there’d always be a pool. And mostly they were conveniently tucked away where no one could see me. Places like this. And if they weren’t exactly like this, I would close my eyes and let my hair float around my head, let my arms and legs float free in the gently swirling waters and be transported anywhere my imagination wanted.

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12/08/2012 at 11:46 pm

Tawhai Falls

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The worst thing about travel photography is that you haul around every last piece of equipment you own just in case you need it.

The best thing about travel photography is that you haul around every last piece of equipment that you own because that filter you thought you had to have, but never used because you don’t do that kind of thing at all is right there – just when you need it most. Yes, there I was trekking down some forsaken path through the bush, hauling it all (though my husband was kind enough to carry my tripod…) clambering over wet rocks, setting it all up, including those neutral density filters, for a nice, long exposure that would soften the water and make the whole thing dreamlike.

I like it. In the summer, I think I might like to go for a dip, let those waters pour over my head and shoulders.


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09/08/2012 at 11:58 pm

Flock on the move

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I have to say it’s damned hard to follow up my beautiful grazing sheep. But – it’s not a competition.

And I rather like this overexposed flock of ducks on the run in the early morning hour. It was so still, the only thing I could hear was their wings.

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11/06/2012 at 10:22 pm


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25/05/2012 at 10:12 pm

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