Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Winter. It's Temporary.

It's nearing the end of July. 

Then, there will only be one more month of winter!









On Carmi's Written.Inc this week, we're posting photos for the "Temporary" theme.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A mote in your eye - Dirty?

As some of the pictures that people have posted for Thematic Photographic 301: "Dirty" have already shown, "dirty" is in the eye of the beholder - or the person behind the camera.

A couple of years ago an old friend of Mr A's and his lady friend came to stay with us for a while. He is Austrian and lives in Klagenfurt, she is Chinese and lives in Shanghai. They borrowed Mr A's car and set off on a road trip to see New Zealand.

Some of you will know that the majority of our small country consists of two narrow islands which run north to south (ish). Generally speaking, the beaches on the east coasts of both islands are calm, smooth, sweeping, with light, often golden, sands. Those on the west coasts have black sands, wild surf, rugged cliffs and lots of driftwood.

When our visitors returned, all Ms Shanghai could talk about were the 'dirty beaches' - how nasty and unpleasant they were, and how they needed 'cleaning up'.  Needless to say, they had spent most of their trip driving along the west coasts.

These are examples of what Ms S was criticising:






Friday, July 11, 2014

Your Favourite Photos: TP 300!

Crikey, I nearly missed this auspicious occasion.

What to pick? This is on my list of my favourite photos - I've posted it before, and it's an old shot - from my visit to Turkey in 2010. It was a wonderful holiday, and the visit to Gallipoli was an absolute highlight, as it is for nearly every New Zealander and Australian who goes there.

I took this shot of Ataturk's tribute to the troops who fought and died in that battle:


For other posts for this theme, go here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

This Country: #2

This country has some wild and spectacularly beautiful places; one of the most stunning is Milford Sound, a fiord in the southwest of the South Island, within the Fiordland National Park.

Photo: Craig Potton


Milford Sound is the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand, and one of the wettest places in the world, 
with a mean annual rainfall of 6,813 mm (268 in) on 182 days a year.


Photo: Greg O'Beirne


This is one part of this country I haven't visited yet, but I will one day.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Critters

This word, which doesn't exist in New Zealand English, always sounds quintessentially down-home American to me. It's a variant pronunciation of creature, and would have been familiar to Shakespeare's audiences; it apparently still exists in Irish with the same meaning(s).

We are in the throes of a wintry storm which is apparently dumping large amounts of snow on the skifields in the South Island mountains. I'm certainly not going outside looking for critters!


Instead, here are some of my favourite critters, from a summer visit to Auckland zoo:



I've always loved giraffes, so prettily marked and so graceful.








 




Posted for Thematic Photographic 299

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This country: #1

I'd like to share some of the beauty of this country with you. 

My country is small and new, wild in parts, and relatively sparsely populated. There are problems here as there are everywhere, but there are also stunning vistas and wild shores, grasslands stretching forever, ragged mountains and captivating animals and plants.

This photo is the work of New Zealander Trey Ratcliff.



It shows a jetboat on the Shotover River, which is located in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. The name correctly suggests that this 75 kilometre-long river is fast flowing, with numerous rapids. The river flows generally south from the Southern Alps on its journey running through the Skippers Canyon, before draining into the Kawarau River east of Queenstown.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dreaming of summer: TP 298

Carmi (he's back!) has chosen 'Summer' for our photographic theme this week.

On this side of the world it's raining wintry rain, the shortest day has just gone, and I'm dreaming of sunny days, beaches, and holidays.









 



 


A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, 
the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. 

~James Dent