Puppy Love

We got a puppy in March this year, her name is Tessa and she is an Australian Cattle Dog, otherwise known as a Blue Heeler. Some people think the Blue Heeler is an ugly dog. We beg to differ, what do you think? (Most of these are iPhone photos.)

Tessa
Day one
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Hiding place
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Sleep anywhere
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Gardening
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Guard dog
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My Toy
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Watch dog
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Learning about sprinklers
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Waiting
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Wasn’t me
Happy Tessa
Beach time
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Chill
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Best of friends
Ready
Waiting for more water
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Sprinkler love

From The Side Of The Road

One of the great things about New Zealand is all the awesomeness, everywhere. In many countries you have to travel to see cool stuff. Get in a vehicle and make a special trip. We have that awesomeness everywhere. Right there beside the road. Part of my photographic ‘thing’, is that none of the photographs I take require any special equipment or even robust footwear. All the photos on this blog were taken near the side of the road except the one where I went for a bit of a walk. Theoretically you could take any of these photos with your phone camera while wearing a pair of jandals. All I did for each one of these shots, is pull over as I was driving past. We see this stuff on the way to the shop.

Charolais Cattle
Charolais Cattle first thing in the morning. I do like a nice cow. You may have more photos of cows to follow
Cottage on a hill
Old cottage and Macrocarpa trees, we have a lot of derelict cottages about the place.
Hawkes Bay from Te Mata shadow
Clean green New Zealand, get’s a bit dry in the summer sometimes. This is Hawkes Bay. Looking South from Te Mata Peak. You can drive up there.
Tree
Almost good enough to eat, but I think they make beer with this lot.
Clydesdale War Memorial Hall
The Clydesdale War Memorial Hall, Manawatu. I don’t think it sees too many parties anymore.
Shade
Sheep know a shady spot when they see one. Well most of them do.
Ohau River
Rail bridge over the Ohau River looking towards the Tararua Ranges. This is a common sight in NZ. Rail bridges of this type that is. The Tararua Ranges aren’t a common sight unless you are in the vicinity.
Central Hawkes Bay
That’s where Hawkes Bay starts. Looking North from a prominent view spot.
Misty Mountains
Misty Mountains, that’s not their name though, they just are sometimes.
Whanganui River Valley
Whanganui River Valley. One of the best drives in New Zealand. Almost nobody goes up there.
Estaury stumps
Bit of driftwood in the Foxton Estuary. Looks a bit moody.
High country shack
I like an old corrugated iron shack as well. This is at the end of Heights Road. Nobody goes up here either. You can walk into the Tararua Ranges from the end of this road.
Himi Rays
Remember I mentioned being on the way to the shop? This was on the way to the shop.
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Cows and mountains. Perfect photographic combination. Well one mountain. That’s Mt Ruapehu.
Himi Red sky 1
Down on the beach, Himatangi Beach. This is about 200 metres from my front door. It can be quite scenic in the evening.
Ruahines
This was a while ago, bit of snow there on the Ruahines.
Manawatu Rail line
This scene appealed to me. That’s the main New Zealand rail line. Just there.
Windmill
Pastoral, this is also on the way to the shop. Clothes shop rather than food shop, but a shop nonetheless.
Tararua manawatu morning
Taken a couple of paddocks down a few days earlier than the last photo. The one below. I like a fetching paddock scene.
Cows dawn
Dairy cows in Manawatu. Making milk. Looks a bit like a painting this one. It isn’t though.

Most New Zealanders simply pass by this stuff everyday, taking it for granted. I am constantly amazed at the natural beauty, wilderness and amazing pastoral imagery all around me. Maybe you have to go away for a while to appreciate it here. I know I view New Zealand differently since I’ve been back after so long away.

Sunrise in the centre

The centre being the central North Island, rather than the coast. So many people take wonderful photographs of the sun coming up over the sea. That’s easy to do, all you need is an alarm clock and to point your camera East in the morning. Inland it’s a bit more of a challenge. There are hills and stuff in the way. Here are a handful of local sunrises I’ve been lucky enough to witness.

Cold cows, early
Cold cows, early
Halcombe, guess what time?
Halcombe, 7 am or so
Rangitkei River. Steam off the water looks cool
Rangitkei River. Steam off the water looks cool
Derelict house, early, the ghosts aren't even up yet.
Derelict house, early, the ghosts aren’t even up yet.
Manawatu Morning
Manawatu Morning
7am or so, from the Feilding-Halcombe road
7am or so, from the Feilding-Halcombe road
7ish, looking across the Rangitikei
7ish, looking across the Rangitikei
Still 7ish, bit of a theme of the hour in the morning setting in here.
Still 7ish, bit of a theme of the hour in the morning setting in here.
Mt's Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, about 120 kilometres away
Mt’s Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, about 120 kilometres away
7am over Feilding. Manawatu
7am over Feilding. Manawatu
Ruapehu again, over there, miles away in the morning
Ruapehu again, over there, miles away in the morning
You've heard of the Verve song, 'The drugs don't work'? This is the rural version 'The cows don't care'. Sunrise in the Manawatu.
You’ve heard of the Verve song, ‘The drugs don’t work’? This is the rural version ‘The cows don’t care’. Sunrise in the Manawatu.

One hour, one evening

Apparently Pam arrives tomorrow, if she does. That’s Cyclone Pam of course. There were pretty amazing clouds developing in the North and East of where I live so I thought I’d pop out and take a few photos. These were taken in the space of an hour. Near my place.

Look North, early evening, lumpy land, cool clouds.
Look North, early evening, lumpy land, cool clouds.
Cross. This is the monument to a local man who loved the area.
Cross. This is the monument to a local man who loved the area.
What's your beef?
What’s your beef? You can also see the Te Apiti Windmill Farm away in the distance at the bottom right of the image.
Lines
Lines
Yards.
Yards.
Ducks crossing. There was a cool weather effect in the distance. Then some ducks flew through the shot which is cool.
Ducks crossing. There was a cool weather effect in the distance. Then some ducks flew through the shot which is cool.
Without the ducks, just layers of land and evening cloud, with rainbow type thing.
Without the ducks, just layers of land and evening cloud, with rainbow type thing.
Rule of thirds, New Zealand style. Looking East towards the Manawatu.
Rule of thirds, New Zealand style. Looking East towards the Manawatu.
The local high ground. Trig on Mt Curl
The local high ground. Trig on Mt Curl.
Looking north, towards Hunterville.
Looking north, towards Hunterville.
Looking up the line. The Main Trunk Line. New Zealands main rail line. From a crossing on a farmers land in the Rangitikei.
Looking up the line. The Main Trunk Line. New Zealands main rail line. From a crossing on a farmers land in the Rangitikei.

Then it got too dark so I went home…