A really cool feature of our landscape in New Zealand is some of the stuff that sits in it or on it. Few fans of ‘architecture’ would spend too much time marvelling at many of our buildings in this country. Certainly none of them are particularly old, or characterful. I disagree on the characterful, it depends what you call character. I love our barns and sheds. So many have a rustic ‘New Zealandness’ all of their own. They are part of the fabric of our pastoral landscape. New Zealand as a modern nation was ‘founded on the sheep’s back’. This simply meant much of our income was derived originally from sheep farming. We subsequently have a lot of old Wool sheds. We also have a lot of barns. Here is a random selection of a few I drove past on my adventures. All of these were photographed from the side of the road.
Old barn, farm paddocks and the Ruahine Ranges. Stark light, morning tea time.
That barn isn’t there anymore, shame, it was a nice barn
The photo is straight, the barn is wonky
Technically, this is a school
Wool shed, in what my father used to call ‘tiger country’ because it’s the middle of nowhere. Odd phrase as we have no Tigers in New Zealand of course.
Always site your small barn on the very edge of a precipice over a river, always.
Rangitikei Wool Shed, needs painting really.
I call this photo cow-barn. I know, but naming photos when you have a lot of them gets challenging sometimes.
This is near a place called Rangiwahia, which is more of a vibe than a place.
Because I also like a hill with it’s head in the clouds
That barn is also gone now. Must have been in the ‘great storm’
This is an example of superb photo editing. There was another sheep in this photo, but it was standing in an unattractive manner. It had to go, it was delicious.
When all you really need is a roof
Those bales are an example of stock feed being past it’s use by date.
How Green is my valley?
Do-er upper. This is on the way home, or out, depends on where I am going
This is also high in the Rangitikei Hill Country, an old woolshed looking cool ij the snowy morning sun
Who doesn’t love a derelict barn with a tree growing out of the window on a remote country road. Just a hint of the Ruahine Ranges in the background.
Barn, needs work.
This old wool shed is beside the Vinegar Hill Road, I don’t know why it’s called the Vinegar Hill Road. The Road is also called State Highway 54
The Te Apiti Windmill Farm on the hills near the Manawatu Gorge. Many people hate windmills because they are an ugly blight on the landscape. If you’ve ever seen this windmill farm, you might change your mind. I think the word you might choose over ugly, is awesome. Even though awesome blight on the landscape still doesn’t sound like a good thing. They are an amazing sight and apparently also generate an awful lot of electricity. Which is a good thing.
Some of these photos have featured in this blog before, so I’m cheating a bit by putting them up again. The thing is though that it’s my blog and I make the rules, so that’s allowed.
New Zealand is a long but fairly narrow country. It’s 2,086 kilometres from one end to the other, but you are never more than 120 kilometres from the sea. What this means is that you can often see the mountains from the seashore, or the sea from the mountains. Which is nice. This gives many fetching photographic opportunities, such as these.
Rocky Beach, Kaikoura. It’s not the name of the beach, merely an observation.
Fishing boat in front of the Kaikoura Ranges. New Zealandness at it’s most scenic, with a fishing boat.
I could call this ‘Chimney Seal. You may notice a loafing seal at the base of the old chimney. Looking across to the Kaikoura Ranges. Well I am looking at the Kaikoura Ranges, the Seal is not.
Those mountains are an awfully long way away from where I took this photo in the Wellington Harbour from the deck of the Interislander Ferry
The newest Ferry in the Interislander Fleet heading North for Wellington, this is how we get from one island to another. You can fly but this a nicer way to go about it. That’s the Kaiarahi. I took this from the ferry I was heading South on, towards Picton.
On a rough crossing in Cook Strait, the large bit of water between the North and South Islands you sometimes get these sea spray ‘rainbows’. You have to be quick to photograph them as they come and go. Plus you risk a salt water soaking of your camera. You decide if it’s worth it.
After a rough crossing of Cook Strait, turning into the Marlborough Sounds through the Tory Channel is like walking into a library off a busy street. A giant outdoor nature library on a sunny day sort of thing.
Once you’ve left the ferry in the South Island, the main road South is this one. That’s New Zealand’s main road. State Highway One. The rail line beside it is the main rail route south. This is how we get about.
Taking the Train in New Zealand is slow but scenic, this is the ‘Coastal Pacific’. I reckon Kiwi Rail named the train ‘Coastal Pacific’ because it follows the Pacific Coast but I’m just guessing of course.
On the subject of trains, This the train that runs up and down the North Island. Kiwi Rail creatively named this one ‘Northern Explorer’. I can’t think why though. In the title of this post I made reference to mountains and that’s the biggest one in the North Island. Mt Ruapehu. It’s quite far from the sea.
Inland, far inland. But still less than an hour’s drive to the ocean if you head West.
The Ruahine Ranges, on the other side of them is Hawkes Bay.
Rainbow, kicking off an early morning, inland.
Early morning Manawatu. I drive past this sort of thing from time to time. Manawatu is mostly flat, lying between the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges and the Tasman Sea.
One day when I can afford better camera equipment than I have. I can capture this sort of amazing early morning scene better. Between the mountains and the sea. The Mountains are half an hour drive in front of me here and the sea is 15 minutes drive behind me.
What better way to finish than with the sun dropping beneath the Western Horizon. I’m standing just feet from a public highway here and barely an hour from a mountain range behind me.
I don’t like the phrase ‘at the end of the day’ when used to finalise an observation made, if that makes sense. It annoys me. So I’m going to reclaim the end of the day, show some images of the day’s end. So when I hear, ‘at the end of the day’ I’ll think of exactly that. Dusk, that wonderful light before sunset. Having said that, the odd photo of the Sun actually setting might sneak in among the dusk photos here.
That barn isn’t there anymore, shame, it was a nice barn
Full Moon, dead tree, moody evening
Blue Mountains, pink hues, cool dusk tones
Walking up to dusk, 200 metres from my front door
Clouds trying to hide the sun. Sun wins
Looks like Summer, it isn’t. This is Winter
On the horizon, in the distance is Mt Taranaki, 210 Kilometres distant
Passing people, golden glow
Kite Surfer walking in, had enough for the evening
Last sighting of the Sun on a Thursday
I’ve moved, moved to the beach. My new place is a small rented cottage on the Western Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. North of Welington, South of Whanganui. I love going to sleep with the sound of the sea outside. I can walk up to the dunes from my front door in a few moments. I decided to take a few photos. All these taken round my immediate vicinity. It’s currently winter time here in New Zealand.
This is the road to my place, ok, it’s not the only road, but it is a road.
Who doesn’t love a patchwork of sun shadows, late afternoon on an old woolshed? I know I do.
Do-er upper, this is on the way home, or on the way out, depending on if I’m coming or going. I like a wonky shed in the evening.
Sunday evening, that’s a bit of weather out in the West.
Sunday evening, my place. It’s awesome
Cool, no other description required really
See those photos of the sea? I just simply turned around and photographed this. Those are the Tararua Ranges, they are the backdrop to my place. The wild Tasman Sea in front and the Epic mountains behind me. I like that.
Walking up to the sunset after work, on a Tuesday
Same Tuesday, the clouds have eyes
While looking out to sea, I can look right, up the coast, that’s the way North
Moments after the sun sank beneath the horizon, Tuesday evening at my place.
This was a Sunday, any other Sunday, every Sunset is different of course. The clouds look a bit angry
It’s the last hurrah of a Sunday. Didn’t anyone ever tell you not to look directly at the Sun?
If you don’t look directly at the last light of a Sunday, you can look at the sea shore instead, which has it’s own merits
After the day has gone, just after, the light changes again, and some sea birds happen by.
Finish with a bang. I spent ages trying to decide what to call this, I decided to call it WOW! Frosty morning, a few minutes up the road on the way to the day job.
It’s nice here.
New Zealand has a lot of water, we’re the country most surrounded by water of any country on earth. Make some sense of that. We have loads of lakes and rivers, lakes within lakes and lakes with volcanoes underneath. I’ve posted about our coastal awesomeness before. Those images were mostly in the far north. This lot were taken a bit further south. Southern Central North Island
Looks pretty, it’s disastrous, those are flood waters. Manawatu flats under water. The Manawatu river is a long way from here.
Rangitikei River, near Utiku, looks calm enough now, you should have seen it a few weeks ago, washing away bridges it was. Not this bridge though.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I like a nice valley. This is one of my favourites. The upper reaches of the Rangitikei River. Seen from Toetoe road. I know it’s a funny name for a road but it’s a splendid view. Toetoe is pronounced toy toy and it’s a sort of pampas grass kind of thing.
Whanganui River, with Mt Ruapehu in the distance, 120 kilometres distant. That’s a 9,117 foot high volcano, 120 kilometres away.
This is here because the water in the watercourses down there is orange, which is cool.
Along the coast from Himatangi to Foxton beach these little rivulets flow across the beach and out to sea, see?
This is at the Manawatu River mouth, Foxton Beach. Looking inland at the Tararua Ranges. They’ve got snow on them under that cloud. I was hoping to get some snow in the shot as well. Not today. That stick is like a local version of the Lake Wanaka tree.
That’s looking out to sea across the Manawatu River. Fishing net with attendant Seagull beside the beach.
If you showed this photo to someone and said this was the Mouth of the Manawatu River at Foxton, they wouldn’t believe you. Go on, try it, ask someone.
The early morning stillness of Himatangi Beach. Looks very calm and beautiful. It is. Most people don’t give Himatangi a second or even first thought. That’s fine with me.
Frost on the sand at Himatangi Beach. Himatangi is on the lower half of the west coast of the North Island. The beach is also a road, I love a beach that’s a road.
Driftwood beside the outlet to the sea at Himatangi. It’s all free, help yourself.
The road from Himatangi Beach to Foxton Beach. It’s not the only road, but it’s the best one. Speed limit is 30 Km/h
Lake with a Volvcano underneath. This is Lake Taupo, a 616 square kilometre crater for one of the largest Super Volcanoes in the world. True story. This Volcano goes up, you can expect flight delays, for the rest of time.
This is also Lake Taupo, looks pretty, can be catastrophic. Those fluffy flower things are Toetoes.
I spend a lot of time in the car, by choice. It’s my happy place. When I’m out driving I have one eye on the road and one eye on the scenery, keeping a look out for any place that might offer a nice photograph. Here’s a selection of sights I’ve seen lately, while out and about.
Top Dressing plane with attractive orange detailing to set it off against the wilderness, like on purpose.
The New Zealand Swamp Harrier. Common Raptor, hard to photograph, getting this shot only took me about two years.
Cows and trees, pastoral farm land in the middle of nowhere, upper Rangitikei.
Early snow on the Ruahine’s and a fetching barn. Nice
Low cloud on the Ruahine Ranges.
Early morning sun, mist, trees, fence and spiders webs combine for a this arty number. It reminds New Zealanders of when they were little, apparently grown ups don’t look for dewy spiders webs.
Day breaking in the Manawatu. Love how the sun strikes over the distant ranges. You have to get up early for this stuff.
Call that a valley? This is a valley, upper Rangtikei.
The Te Apiti Wind Farm early morning. I’m sure there are all sorts of interesting facts about the Te Apiti Wind Farm.
Rangitikei River. You can’t see this particular view unless you are paying attention to where the river is going and pull over on the Vinegar Hill Road. There’s no official view point here.
Misty Morning in Hunterville. I’ll give the caravanning a miss this year.
Look, a photo of New Zealand. Literally.
There’s that Mt Ruapehu again. I found this lake, in the forest. As you do. OK, I had to walk about 15 minutes to get to this one.
The Rangitikei Valley at 8am. It’s cool to look down on the clouds
Mt Ruapehu, about 10,000 metres. Live Volcano. Right there behind that farm.
This is a post showcasing the stuff we have about the place on the way to and from nowhere special. The places we drive past, or near, every day. The scenery that makes up the rest of New Zealand somewhere other than the places you see all the time in tourist brochures. All of the photos here were taken within an hour of my house though. So I didn’t even need to go far to take them.
This is a road to work if you live round here. A commute if you like
A woolshed, we have lots of them in New Zealand. not so many with graffiti on the side though.
You see this sort of thing on your way to work, not every day, but sometimes. You see the cows every day of course but the amazing rays less often.
Looking north in the evening from our front lawn. So not quite an hour from my house.
Steam train passing my house, out there.
Jerusalem on the Wanganui River Road. Or Whanganui River Road. I believe the h is optional.
A waterfall beside the Turakina Valley Road. Where? Yes, exactly, but it’s right there, beside the road.
The Rata Church which is beside the Marae, or behind it depending on where you stand. I like the angel. She looks like a celestial umpire giving someone out.
Mt Ruapehu at 8:30am. I know this gets in tourist brochures but not this shot and it is an hour from my house.
A woolshed. I like a woolshed.
I stood inside a cave and looked out.
This is inside a glow worm cave most people are unaware of. It’s also about an hour from my house.
Right inside the cave. Apparently the glow worms come out at night, inside the cave. I know right?
Who doesn’t like a photo of an old derelict shed in the middle of nowhere?
I’m not normally a fan of people leaving wrecks lying about the place but this scene works for me as a photograph. Like a graveyard in the middle of nowhere for machinery and stuff.
The Makohine Viaduct. For a while it was the tallest viaduct in New Zealand at 73 metres high and 228 metres long. It’s no longer the highest viaduct in New Zealand but it is still high.
So, I hope you like the photos, this is the Southern Central North Island of New Zealand, randomly photographed here and there.