Hawkdun Range, Maniototo, New Zealand

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Recent Posts and Photographs…

  • Springtime in the Garden

    3 daffodils in a blue setting

    Daffodils Buy at Picƒair. Four spring daffodils in a complimentary color setting. Looking like golden yellow flying angels. Daffodil in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand. Buy at Picƒair. Various common names include daffodil, narcissus and jonquil.

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  • Fiordland New Zealand

    Waterfall, Fiordland National Park New Zealand

    Waterfall, Fiordland National Park New Zealand. Buy at Picƒair. Note the tannin coloured water typical of the area. 7 metres of rain annually With over an average of appox. 200 rain-days/year. Sunset Milford Sound New Zealand. Buy at Picƒair. Fiordland. Sunset outlined clouds in Long Sound Buy at Picƒair. Sunset side lighting on storm clouds

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  • The Clutha River Area, Otago, New Zealand

    Aerial view of intensive agriculture, the Upper Clutha, New Zealand

    The Upper Clutha Basin, and the Clutha River. Buy at Picƒair. The Cardrona, Hawea, Makarora and Matukituki rivers all feed into the Clutha Mata-Au (formerly Molyneaux). The longest river in the South Island of New Zealand. Wanaka airport is to the left, and Wanaka township, out of sight to the right. Hawea Flat, New Zealand aerial

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  • The Dart River and Kinloch

    Dawn at Kinloch, at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

    Dawn at Kinloch, at the head of Lake Wakatipu. Buy at Picƒair. Lake Wakatipu is an inland lake in the South Island of New Zealand. Many perhaps relate more to the name Queenstown. On the eastern shore. Kinloch is at the head of the lake to the west, right beside where the Dart River, the

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  • Morning and evening views of Lake Wanaka

    A springtime morning view of Lake Wanaka. The Buchanan Mountains from Roys Bay, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. A similar view in black and white. Buy at Picƒair. Black Peak in the center is often mistaken for Mt Aspiring. Pastel sunset glow on Lake Wanaka. Buy at Picƒair. Lake Wanaka’s Roys Bay in the evening. With

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  • Canadian Canoe on the Clutha River

    Paddling the Cromwell Gorge, Clutha River, New Zealand

    Paddling the Cromwell Gorge, Clutha River, New Zealand. Circa 1985. Buy at Picƒair. This wild river was no more when Lake Dunstan was formed, beginning in April 1992. It is a man-made lake and reservoir and was formed on the Clutha River as a result of the construction of the Clyde Dam.

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  • Moke Lake, Queenstown

    Moke Lake, Queenstown, New Zealand

    Dawn. Moke Lake is a small lake just a 15 minute drive from Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand. Buy at Picƒair. There is a Dept. of Conservation camping area on the northern shores. And the short Moke Lake Loop Track is popular with walkers and cyclists.

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  • Early Autumn Photography

    Not every moment of Easter weekend 2021 was spent in the woods… And lastly some odds and ends for the week

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  • Queenstown NZ and the iconic Remarkables Mountain Range

    The Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown New Zealand

    The most delightful backdrop for visitors to Queenstown is the Remarkables mountain range. Loved alike by New Zealanders and tourists in all seasons, they’re best viewed from the town. The best viewing times are from mid morning onwards and especially at dusk. These iconic photos were all made just on sunset in early winter None of

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  • A year of photography – 2019

    Autumn at Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, New Zealand

    There were various reasons for lots of local NZ travel in 2019, and fortunately I had the time often to not rush trips across the likes of Central Otago, e.g. Wanaka to Dunedin and return. The images below are very roughly in chronological order, but being lots of them I’ve uploaded with speed in mind

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  • The Dunedin Botanic Garden

    Magnolia in the upper Dunedin Botanic Gardens

    I often go to Dunedin for many varied reasons, and one of the delights of every trip is a visit or two to the oldest botanical garden in New Zealand, which was established in 1863. There are two parts of the Dunedin Botanic Garden, linked indiscernibly, known as the upper gardens and the lower gardens

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  • Some thoughts on how to enhance sustainability in photography

    Mount Aeolus from Isthmus Peak track

    One of the goals of Photo Quest NZ is draw attention to our unique New Zealand landscape in such a way as to do something tangible towards not only protecting it, but ensuring people grasp the need for habitat restoration for our native species. Along the way though we leave footprints – not so much

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  • The story of an astute kereru (NZ wood pigeon) and a myopic photographer

    NZ Fantail - piwakawaka on a branch in Dunedin Botanical Gardens

    Last week I came across the above fantail /piwakawaka and as my camera was in my hand, I started stalking him/her with my lens, knowing full-well, like we all do, that these sweeties move about almost too fast for us limited humans. But I got a good enough shot, and then I had the oddest feeling I

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  • That Wanaka Tree

    That Wanaka Tree in snow

    I’ve been around this now famous tree in more ways than one, e.g. swimming, and simply took it for granted for a few decades. In snow, flood, or times of drought this tree that used to be a fence post earlier than 1939, endures with a determination to not just live, but to be a

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  • In the Beginning

    There were gold miners, and before that a few explorers and opportunistic land grabbers, and before that Maori travelled inland each autumn to harvest birds, and very probably floated down the mighty Clutha river back to the the east coast. The road from Omakau to the Ida Valley in Central Otago passes by this cottage

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  • Exploring the Rock and Pillar Range in Central Otago

    Rock and Pillar Range, Central Otago NZ

    I’ve often wondered how this area got it’s name because to me it’s all about wind up on the tops, but then again I’ve not yet seen it’s full extent, especially the northern end around the historic [skiing] Big Hut area. Recently though I’ve been poking my nose into the southern end, and it’s been

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  • Rogue weather for a roadie from Central Otago to the Mckenzie Basin and back again via Dunedin

    Lake Ohau lupins as a Nor Wester pipes down the valleys… Braemar Road near Lake Tekapo… Wind! Lake Pukaki from Braemar Road… Looking up the Jollie Valley from the Alps 2 Ocean bike trail… NW storm at the head of Lake Pukaki with dust from the Tasman River delta… The same view as a southerly front

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  • The magic world of Luma, Queenstown

    Luma, Queenstown NZ

    During some moments in time, recent time that is – less years in fact than can be counted on one hand alone, Queenstown Botanic Gardens changes in ways that only manifest on a few early winter nights each June. With the onset of a dusk, hand-in-hand with sub zero temperatures, thousands of people can be

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  • Art exhibition by Eion Shanks at Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka

    Rippon Vineyard

    Last night a friend of mine from Oamaru [and ex Wanaka], Eion Shanks opened an exhibition of his paintings at Rippon Vineyard last night. As well as owning a couple of his earlier works, which I really enjoy, I saw a few of the below at the Forester Galley in Oamaru back in March and

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  • Wanaka Autumn Art School 2018

    Wanaka Autumn Art School 2018

    Last week I attended the annual Wanaka Autumn Art School held at Mt Aspiring College, during the NZ Secondary School holiday period. It was the 29th annual school and offered 16 classes taught by highly talented tutors from New Zealand and Australia. I choose the Fine Art Photography course, and here are a few pictures

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