Winter’s coming

It’s the first official day of Winter in New Zealand on the 1st of June. I took these in the last couple of weeks, round my way. You don’t have to go to the South Island to see snowy peaks and mountain ranges. These were all taken within an hour of my place in the Rangitikei. Southern Central North Island.

I call this one, 'Top of the Mountain road'. I'll let you puzzle over the hidden message in that title.
I call this one, ‘Top of the Mountain road’. I’ll let you puzzle over the hidden message in that title.
I call this Ruapehu Space ship clouds. Took me ages to think that up
I call this Ruapehu Space ship clouds. Took me ages to think that up
The New Zealand Main Trunk rail line, heading north towards Mt Ruapehu
The New Zealand Main Trunk rail line, heading north towards Mt Ruapehu
I call this 'Mountain Road'. Because I took it on the Mountain Road. No need to make up names when the actual name is cool enough.
I call this ‘Mountain Road’. Because I took it on the Mountain Road. No need to make up names when the actual name is cool enough.
The open road, literally. The sign says so.
The open road, literally. The sign says so.
The Ruahine Ranges again, looking across the Rangitikei River Valley. Snowy and sunny. A perfectly photogenic combination
The Ruahine Ranges again, looking across the Rangitikei River Valley. Snowy and sunny. A perfectly photogenic combination
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.
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.
Mt Ruapehu, looking awesome on a partly cloudy crisp autumn day. For those unfamiliar with Mt Ruapehu, it’s a 10,000 foot high active Volcano in the middle of the North Island. 10,000 feet sounds more impressive that just shy of 10,000 feet which what it actually is. 9,177 feet in actual fact.
Mt Ruapehu again, from Wanganui, or Whanganui if you prefer
Mt Ruapehu again, from Wanganui, or Whanganui if you prefer
No snow here, but it's not far away. This is beside the Moawhango Valley Road, not a road you are likely to find by accident. It's up behind Taihape, in the middle of nowhere.
No snow here, but it’s not far away. This is beside the Moawhango Valley Road, not a road you are likely to find by accident. It’s up behind Taihape, in the middle of nowhere.
Take care, like the sign says
Take extra care, like the sign says. Also the Desert Road isn’t really across a desert. It’s an Alpine Environment and quite un-desert like.
This is also high in the Rangitikei Hill Country, an old woolshed looking cool ij the snowy morning sun
This is also high in the Rangitikei Hill Country, an old woolshed looking cool in the snowy morning sun
That's the mighty Rangitikei River Valley with a bit of snow on the Ruahine Ranges in the distance. Epic views across the lower North Island.
That’s the mighty Rangitikei River Valley with a bit of snow on the Ruahine Ranges in the distance. Epic views across the lower North Island.
We had a light dusting of snow in the Rangitikei hill country, I loved how the shadowed side of these hills took longer to thaw giving this cool effect on the landscape
We had a light dusting of snow in the Rangitikei hill country, I loved how the shadowed side of these hills took longer to thaw giving this cool effect on the landscape

Here and there

Like a lot of my photography, I try to notice the unnoticed, and this lot are the next batch. Some more photo’s taken while moving about for no particular reason. In New Zealand we are so lucky to have such amazing scenery literally everywhere you look. This is just stuff I saw, no special trips required. This is New Zealand, the bits we drive past every day.

St Martins Church, I walked around the grounds for ages to get the spire in the sun shot.
St Martins Church, I walked around the grounds for ages to get the spire in the sun shot.
Country road, take me home...
Country road, take me home…
I don't even know what this river is called, it's runs down towards Pahiatua off the Manawatu River.
I don’t even know what this river is called, it runs down towards Pahiatua off the Manawatu River.
Looking straight into the sun near Apiti, yes Apiti.
Looking straight into the sun near Apiti, yes Apiti.
Nobody has ever taken this shot before. It's a gully. I like a nice gully
Nobody has ever taken this shot before. It’s a gully. I like a nice gully
I have no idea what you might call that atmospheric effect. Like a reverse rainbow sort of thing. Seen above the Wairarapa Hill country
I have no idea what you might call that atmospheric effect. Like a reverse rainbow sort of thing. Seen above the Wairarapa Hill country
Derelict woolshed, near SH54, the Vinegar Hill road. Nobody knows why it's called Vinegar Hill.
Derelict woolshed, near SH54, the Vinegar Hill road. Nobody knows why it’s called Vinegar Hill.
That's Mt Ruapehu, from Foxton Beach. just the 230 kilometres away. We have clear skies in New Zealand.
That’s Mt Ruapehu, from Foxton Beach. just the 230 kilometres away. We have clear skies in New Zealand.
Sunset from Foxton Beach. It's the best bit of Foxton Beach.
Sunset from Foxton Beach. It’s the best bit of Foxton Beach.
Huntsman from the Rangitikei Hunt Club. They don't actually hunt anything. They just get dressed up and ride about in the scenery.
Huntsman from the Rangitikei Hunt Club. They don’t actually hunt anything. They just get dressed up and ride about in the scenery.
High in the Tararua Ranges. I drove up the creatively named Heights Road to get here.
High in the Tararua Ranges. I drove up the creatively named Heights Road to get here.
Who doesn't love to stumble across a Steam Train passing through.
Who doesn’t love to stumble across a Steam Train passing through.
The sign says look for trains, I found one.
The sign says look for trains, I found one.
There's Mt Ruapehu again. From about 150 kilometres away. It's awesome.
There’s Mt Ruapehu again. From about 150 kilometres away. It’s awesome.
I disturbed some pigeons when I stood on their bridge. They kindly made my shot more attractive
I disturbed some pigeons when I stood on their bridge. They kindly made my shot more attractive
Dawn reflecting on the woolshed, pretty awesome. We have impressive dawns here. Sunrise in another language.
Dawn reflecting on the woolshed, pretty awesome. We have impressive dawns here. Sunrise in another language.
Barn, needs work.
Barn, needs work.
I drove up a road called Heights Road. It was very high. I believe there's also regularly a stiff breeze up here.
I drove up a road called Heights Road. It was very high. I believe there’s also regularly a stiff breeze up here.
Low cloud in the Wairarapa. Near Pahiatua. Autumnal.
Low cloud in the Wairarapa. Near Pahiatua. Autumnal.
Small pond nowhere in particular. I liked the reflections.
Small pond nowhere in particular. I liked the reflections.

Cool ay? 

Stuff in the middle of nowhere in particular, New Zealand

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
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.
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.
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, from our front lawn. So not quite an hour from my house.
Looking north in the evening from our front lawn. So not quite an hour from my house.
Steam train passing my house, out there,
Steam train passing my house, out there.
Jerusalem on the Wanganui River Road. Or Whanganui River Road. I believe the h is optional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A woolshed. I like a woolshed.
I stood inside a cave and looked out.
I stood inside a cave and looked out.
This is inside a glow worm cave most people are unaware of. It's about an hour from my house.
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?
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?
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.
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.

Pastoral scenes

Central North Island, near Hunterville, this scene reminds me of a song by the New Christy Minstrels called 'Green green'. I wonder why?
Central North Island, near Hunterville, this scene reminds me of a song by the New Christy Minstrels called ‘Green green’. I wonder why?
A small reflective pond and a relaxed cow. A pleasant day in the Rangitikei.
Reflective Rangitikei. Near Hunterville, no Hobbits here. Just a cow having a lie down.
Hay baling. I hated doing hay. Worst job of the summer. Mind you, the hay paddock can be a scene of some pretty epic summer colours if someone else is doing the work. Which is the best way to get the hay in.
Hay baling. I hated doing hay. Worst job of the summer. Mind you, the hay paddock can be a scene of some pretty epic summer colours if someone else is doing the work. Which is the best way to get the hay in.
Barn
Autumnal Barn beside SH54, Vinegar Hill. Yes we do have autumn in New Zealand
Mt Hikurangi taken from above Tokomaru Bay, East Cape. 10x12 canvas $200
Not Mt Doom, Mt Hikurangi, East Cape. Tokomaru Bay is to my right. Quite the contrast on the snowy mountain in the distance.
Looking across rural Manawatu towards Mt Ruapehu, over 150km's distant. 8x12 canvas $200
Early morning in the hay paddock with Mt Ruapehu, over 150km’s distant. They don’t get up early round here. Note the absence of work taking place.
The Rangitikei River. One of our finest, most beautiful winding rivers. Part of it was used as the Anduin River in the Lord of the Rings films. This information seems to have bypassed most of the LOTR fans who head straight for Hobbiton (which is in the Waikato. I'm pleased to say I had to look that up) and the South Island. Not so many Hobbit geeks wandering around the Rangitikei.
The Rangitikei River. One of our finest, most beautiful winding rivers. Part of it was used as the Anduin River in the Lord of the Rings films. This information seems to have bypassed most of the LOTR fans who head straight for Hobbiton (which is in the Waikato. I’m pleased to say I had to look that up) and the South Island. Not so many Hobbit geeks wandering around the Rangitikei.
Wonderful old bar with the evening sun striking through. Between Kimbolton and Cheltenham. 8x12 canvas $350
Old barn with the evening sun striking through. Between Kimbolton and Cheltenham. Sheep are unimpressed with an impressive sky, they prefer grass.
The derelict cottage beside SH1 near Marton. Early morning light 10x12 canvas $300
The derelict cottage beside SH1 near Marton. Early morning light. With sheep.
Fletcher flies low over the fence line in the Rangitikei 8x12 canvas $200
Fletcher flies low over a fenceline in the Rangitikei. Bet he did that on purpose, to show off.
Sun set on the sheep yards taken looking west from Mt Curl in the Rangikei. 10x12 canvas $200
Sun set on the sheep yards taken looking west from Mt Curl in the Rangitikei. Mt Curl is more like a hill than a mountain.
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.
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. There are more than 3 windmills…
See, more than 3, there are dozens. Most of them are behind me though.
See, more than 3, there are dozens. Most of them are behind me though.