I Want to Live Here

Maybe not ALL the time. But SOME of the time. I realise That I will never live in a lighthouse for a year or even a month Spending my days staring out to sea Scribbling poetry in tattered, stained notebooks Ignoring reality in my search for something real Something tangible, eternal Something I can holdContinue reading “I Want to Live Here”

Takahe Chick & Parents

Took a long ferry ride out to Tiritiri Matangi, one of the islands in the Hauraki Gulf. It is a pest-free wildlife sanctuary that has had great success with numerous native birds, most notably the takahe, which was though to be extinct from 1898-1948 when a few mating pairs were discovered in Fiordland on theContinue reading “Takahe Chick & Parents”

Milford Sound Waterfall

With travel, one is always taking a punt on the weather. And travelling around New Zealand, even moreso. This is my third trip to Milford Sound and it has been raining/overcast every single time. So it goes… Milford Sound is so breathtaking, it is hard to complain or feel short-changed in the least. But itContinue reading “Milford Sound Waterfall”

Working class cormorants

Despite our distance from Australia, we have quite a lot of sea-birds in common. Some were brought here, some fly high on air currents and jaunt back and forth every year. Some – who knows? They are here and they are there. These two cormorants are virtually identical to the ones we saw in Melbourne,Continue reading “Working class cormorants”

Akaroa Fascination

I had to look it up – the meaning of the orange rose… fascination, attraction, falling in love… This particular rose is irresistible and just about perfect. And I am rather enamoured of its little friend, who is obviously attracted and possibly fascinated… I shot this in Akaroa, a port town on the South IslandContinue reading “Akaroa Fascination”

The truth about fog

Carl Sandburg was wrong. Wrong. wrong, wrong… and here is the proof. Fog does not move in on little cat feet. Fog rolls in in massive waves, encircling and smothering everything in its path. I watched this gigantic mist roll in and engulf the city of Wellington. The Inter-Islander was just ahead of us asContinue reading “The truth about fog”

Maori Bay Cave at low tide

A fascinating little cave at Maori Bay, Muriwai. This is at low tide and as you can see, the water never fully recedes. The top of this cliff is occupied by the gannet colony, but the lower ledges are occupied at the moment by nesting white fronted terns – an extremely territorial medium size birdContinue reading “Maori Bay Cave at low tide”

Maori Bay sunset

One of those places where humans definitely do not belong and for that matter are not particularly welcomed. The surf is fierce, the bird life even fiercer if you should happen to stop and set up your tripod a little to close. I must go back soon. The first time in a place like thisContinue reading “Maori Bay sunset”

Baby Gannet

Just one quickie – have not had much time for making pictures, though I’ve been out shooting… it’s what happens as Christmas draw near and business is busy and I am trying to wrap things up so I can go on holiday on the 11th… But… just had to share this one wee pic ofContinue reading “Baby Gannet”