Queenstown NZ and the iconic Remarkables Mountain Range

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… Continue reading Queenstown NZ and the iconic Remarkables Mountain Range

The Dunedin Botanic Garden

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… Continue reading The Dunedin Botanic Garden

Some thoughts on how to enhance sustainability in photography

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… Continue reading Some thoughts on how to enhance sustainability in photography

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

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… Continue reading The story of an astute kereru (NZ wood pigeon) and a myopic photographer

That Wanaka Tree

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… Continue reading That Wanaka Tree

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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… Continue reading In the Beginning