On The Road

I’m not even going to pad this out with words, well not many words. If you come here a bit you’ll know I spend a lot of time on the road. I’m lucky that I live in New Zealand which is the worlds greatest road trip. People travel from all over the world to see this stuff  and I just have to leave the house. These images are some that I have captured since my previous Dolphins post, which was just over a month ago. As far as a travel experience goes, it’s truly epic out there in New Zealand. I almost couldn’t believe I’d covered this much territory in under a month. I should get out more…

Bush Rays
Near Pipiriki, Whanganui Region.
Fence Light
Raetihi, Central Plateau
Ratana Side
Ratana Church, Raetihi, Central Plateau
Ruapehu Reflection
Waitonga Falls Walkway, Mt Ruapehu, Central Plateau.
Ruapehu Sunrise
Sunrise near Raetihi, Mt Ruapehu, Central Plateau
Green Boat House
Otago Harbour
Eglington Valley-3
Eglignton Valley, Fiordland National Park
Portobello Sunset
Portobello, Otago Peninsula
Lake Benmore Blue
Lake Benmore, Mackenzie Country. Canterbury
Lake Benmore Road trip
Mackenzie Country, Canterbury
Pukaki shore road
Lake Pukaki and the Southern Alps, Mackenzie Country.
Taiaroa Head
Taiaroa Head, Otago.
Te Anau Autumn Dawn
Te Anau, Southland
Nelson Marina-3
Nelson Marina, Nelson.
Pelorus Sound light show
Pelorus Sound from Queen Charlotte Drive, Marlborough Sounds.
Mt Taranaki Print
Mount Taranaki from Lake Mangamahoe, New Plymouth, Taranaki.
Island Bay Brew'd front on
The Pub in my local village. End of the trip. That’s not my car though.

So, where too next?

Before the sun comes up

Once upon a time. I spent a lot of time out and about before and during the sunrise. I should do that more often.

epic
State Highway One in the Rangitikei, from Leedstown Road. Most people don’t know where that is.
cows
Halcombe cows don’t care about the sun coming up.
shed
Shed, early.
road
Road to nowhere, literally.
06-june
June the 6th.
dawn-best
Same place, different day.
epic-morning
I love Kawau Bay.
stilts-at-dawn
Once again, Kawau Bay, different day. Place of contrasts and all that
red-sky
You know the phrase ‘red sky in the morning’? Well this is an epic warning.
seagull
The sunrise was so awesome, even the seagull stopped to watch
early-mist
Low fog, or mist, or whatever. Creeping over a farm fence. Manawatu.

Get up early. Sunrise is often way cooler than sunset.

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.

The Sun rises in Kawau Bay.

The dawn of 2014, 6:15am January 1st. The year appears calm in it’s arrival.
June 7th, 2013. An unremarkable day arrives in a most splendid manner
June 6th 2013. The day before the day before, up there, above this one. I never get sick of this stuff.
seagull sunrise
The day dawned so awesome, even the seagull stopped to watch. You try getting an inquisitive early morning gull to turn it’s back on you.
Pied Stilts crossing Kawau Bay 10x12 canvas $300
Peaceful morning in Kawau Bay. Still, the stilts have had enough.
The day was going to be rough, possibly. 10x12 canvas $300
The day was going to be rough, possibly. Seagull flies into the shot. I have this exact same image without the seagull. Some prefer it that way.
Just orange. 10x12 canvas $250
Just orange. Most people lie in bed and miss out on this sort of thing.
Duck shooting season started at this very moment in 2013. The duck was probably better off where he was in Kawau Bay. 10x12 canvas $300
Duck shooting season started at this very moment in 2013. The duck was probably better off where he was in Kawau Bay.
Red Sky in the morning. 10x12 canvas $300
Red Sky in the morning. It was a very nice day though, so there goes that old wives tale, or sailors legend, or something.