Kiwi Greenery

A selection of New Zealand awesomeness, in predominantly green hues!

 

Bridal Veil
Bridal Veil Falls, Waikato
Mt Taranaki Print
Mt Taranaki
Bush dunny
Bush Dunny, Pukerua Bay
Mt Naki Rail Bridge
Taranaki Rail Bridge
Rangitikei Evening
Rangitikei
Tui and fern
Tui and Fern
Tui and Flax
Tui and Kowhai
Long Exposure stream
Long Exposure Stream
Bush Rays
Misty Rays
Bush Waterfall rays
Forest waterfall
Fence Light
Raetihi
Ruapehu Fence
Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe
Doubtful Sound Waterfall
Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound Forest
Doubtful Sound
Lake Manapouri Reflections
Lake Manapouri
Rain Forest Waterfall
Doubtful Sound
Estuary Birds
Manawatu River
Plimmerton
Porirua Harbour
Trees and Tararuas
Tararua Ranges
Fence
Fence to the Tararuas
HB Sunset star
Hawkes Bay
Letter boxes
Letter Boxes

Well mostly green.

Back Home

By back home, I mean I traded the Olympus Mirrorless camera back in for a Canon. I missed having what I feel is a proper camera. A big Digital Single Reflex Camera. I like Canons so I bought the Canon 6D MkII. Actually it’s not quite as simple as that. The 6D MkII is the camera almost made for me. It’s more clever as one of Canons best ever camera’s, the 5D mkIII. I’ve also had one of those, a second hand one which I traded in for the Olympus Camera as I thought I would enjoy the drop in camera weight. It wasn’t worth the change sadly, still, you live and learn.

I wanted my own new Canon DSLR camera though and the 6D MkII came along at the perfect time. It’s got great image quality, plenty of pixels, it does a bunch of stuff I don’t care about or understand and it has built in wifi which is awesome in so many ways. It does what it says on the tin and has delivered a number of quite fetching images already. My only issue with it is that the shutter isn’t as quiet as I’d like. I know right? That’s literally the only issue. I love this camera and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better. Herewith some imagery from my 6D MkII. It’s not all about the camera though. For those who are interested, I mostly, currently only, have a Canon 24-105 L series walking round lens on the front of my camera.

Ariana and Millie
People standing in my shot, I may have asked them to.
Shed door
Door, needs work
Shepherds Delight
Shepherds Delight, Himatangi Beach. This is home.
St Andrews Side
St Andrews Church, Turakina.
Turakina Cottage
I like this building.
Wake boarding one handed
KIte surfer, practicing at the new place in Foxton. It’s called ‘Off The Loop’ Cable wake boarding among other awesome adventure activities.
Weds 03-01-18 part 2
Home, of an evening.
Akld Roads
Auckland at night
Akld
City Lights, Auckland
Cottage
It’s still there.
Dry as
Been a bit dry off late.
IMG_0434
Portrait of Miss J, Wearing my hat.
Mt Taranaki early am
Mt ‘Naki
Muapoko Street
That’s my street at night. Awesome sunset.

Eclectic mix. See you soon.

Himatangi Beach

This is where we live now. A small beach community in Manawatu, New Zealand. Himi as I call it has a wonderful eclectic variety of proper beach baches and more conventional homes, and the largest sand dune in the Southern Hemisphere apparently.

The phrase, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ is best applied here. Here is a collage of Himatangi Beach images. I love it here.

Cool ay? See you at Himi.

Temporary Change Of Gear

I decided to go light, I decided I was carrying around too much heavy expensive gear for someone who isn’t a professional Photographer. I wanted to try Digital Mirrorless Technology. I’m currently enjoying the light weight, little bit hipster, retro’ish Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII which is a hell of a mouthful for a camera name. I only have one multi purpose lens on the front which is an Olympus 14-150mm. I have to admit I’m not totally in love with this camera. I’m not as happy with the image quality as I had hoped I would be and I find it a bit small in my hands. It’s pretty much lacking in every department for what I want to achieve photographically. But it is light. I’ll be going back to a bigger DSLR set up when I can afford it. That said, here is a selection of images I’ve taken in the last couple of months with the little Olympus.

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Waikato somewhere, early.
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Cup of rosie.
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Sunset, Kapiti Coast
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On the way to French Pass.
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That’s D’Urville Island
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Remote woolshed, French Pass Road.
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Kapiti
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Mt Taranaki
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Kiwi Rail
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Lake Mangamahoe
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Cape Egmont Lighthouse
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Tasman Bay, Nelson
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Mt Doom?
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Tutukaka Coast
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Morning at Kaitoke
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Sunrise in the Waikato
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Mirror mirror
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Mouth of Queen Charlotte Sound.
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Tutukaka
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Flax
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Wellington Harbour

I don’t think it’s just a case of a poor workman blaming his tools, maybe it is though. I still want to go back to a full size DSLR, or mirrorless. This nice little camera is just too little for me.

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?

Cuba Street

Cuba Street in Wellington is pretty Iconic. Cuba Street is where the cool people go, the bearded hipsters, the fashionable in mind and spirit. The wannabe’s and the once were. The right on, right now and the faded jadeds. The tattooed ladies and the skater boys. Cuba Street is a place of street food, expensive food and retro shopping. Vinyl records and vinyl furniture, probably. Quirky things on the street and in the shops. Cuba Street is colourful. I decided to spend a morning taking photos in Cuba Street. This is the work of one hour, one morning. This Sunday Morning in March.

There are many photos and (almost) no captions. Sometimes images speak for themselves.Cuba crossingCuba flamingoCuba CosmicCuba Corner graffitiCuba BurgerCuba BUBCuba BristolCuba Bristol walkCuba bookshopCuba blurred strollCuba 178 CubaCuba barbers at workCuba barbersCuba fixCuba FidelsCuba Fidels super cutsCuba EspressoholicCuba emporiumCuba Ekim BurgerCuba Dog graffitiCuba daytime moonCuba Cuba Bistro

Cuba Callum
That’s Callum, this isn’t Cuba Street, but is in Glover Park. Glover Park is just round the corner from Cuba Street. So almost Cuba Street
Cuba Craft Beer
Also not actually in Cuba Street, but nearby in Glover Park

Cuba flatsCuba flesh woundCuba FloriditaCuba FruttiCuba graffiti strollCuba IconCuba IrishCuba Karo DriveCuba Logan BrownCuba MallCuba matchboxCuba Wall ArtCuba VietnameseCuba ValhallaCuba touristsCuba topsCuba tattooCuba Swan_Cuba SanFranCuba RPRCuba RecordsCuba record shop

Berhampore Bus stop
OK, this isn’t in Cuba Street. This is Berhampore. But it’s very colourful. 

The Far End Of The World.

I recently had to return to England over Christmas, I say had to, I was happy to go of course. It’s been over 3 years since I returned home to New Zealand from my 20 plus years living in England. I was interested to see how it would look as a visitor, rather than a resident. I took my camera. What England mostly looked like, was foggy, although we did have a sunny day, so that was nice. Images in no particular order.

blitz
St Paul’s with Blitz memorial statue.
bridge-crossing
Looks like a Russians outing. Not sure it isn’t.
cafe
Corner of Frith and Old Compton Street in Soho. Spent many good nights round here.
modern-art-creation
Standing on top of the Tate Modern Art Gallery. I decided to try my hand at making some modern art, I didn’t have any crayons though, so I used my camera. I expect the Tate Modern will  be in touch any day to ask if they can hang this in the foyer of the gallery.
modern-art-moment-2
People having a modern art moment in the boiler room of the Tate Modern.
oxford-street
Oxford Street. Quiet.
ritz
Putting it on…
st-pauls
River crossing, foot bridge.
thames
Looking West up the Thames.
tower-bridge-fog
Like I said, foggy.
tower-of-london-fog
The Tower.
tuba-of-fire
Man blowing fire out of his Tuba, as one does.
air-traffic
Air traffic over Big Ben.
bath-bridge
Bath, foggy.
bath-cemetary-tomb-2
I got up at Sparrow fart to have a poke about in this cemetery in Bath.
bath-cemetary-tomb
Old, early.
book-shop
I was taking a photo of this characterful book shop when some urchin parked their bike in my shot.
buckingham-palace
Liz and Phil’s, they’re not home.
castle-coombe
Castle Coombe, no racing in this bit.
doors
Them next door…
general
I believe the four legs on the plinth means something, don’t know who he is either. Above Horse Guards parade ground.
highbury-fields
Highbury Fields, on the sunny day.
horse-guards-parade-ground
London, not Moscow. St James’s park.
horses
Horses ready.
palace
Who doesn’t like a nice ornate building. This is Horse Guards parade ground in front. History fans will know what that building is.
routemaster
Route Master. Old Skool.
tomb
Horse Guards.

So not the usual touristy shots perhaps. It’s actually quite hard to take a photo a bit different to what is obviously on offer and on a million postcards. My lingering impression of my revisit to England though was that I’m very pleased I live in New Zealand. It’s good to be home.

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.

Back In The Capital

We had a big earthquake recently. Bigger in the South than it was in the North, but big none the less. There are many buildings in Wellington still closed, cordoned off and some to be demolished. Big buildings. We also had a Tsunami warning. So I thought I’d go and take some photos of the capital city before it gets destroyed in the next big earthquake and washed away in the following Tsunami. You know, for the archives. I took an eclectic mix of photos, not the stuff people usually photograph in Wellington. It is quite a diverse, colourful and interesting place. See? Due to the number of photos, I’ve gone for the ’tiled mosaic look. Welcome to Wellington.