Monday, March 16, 2015

Bodies of Water - TP 329

Serendipitous Thematic Photographic!

On Sunday and Monday the eastern coasts of New Zealand were visited by the remnants of tropical cyclone Pam, which earlier caused huge damage and a number of deaths in Vanuatu and nearby islands. (See here)

Where I live we had a lot of rain but luckily, not the damaging winds we had been promised.

This morning I got up and drove out to the beach before dawn, to see if I could get some shots of the sunrise, and of the big surf which is always a legacy of easterly storms. The surf doesn't look very big in these - the scale is deceptive.

Here are some of the photos I took:


See some other bodies of water at Written.Inc

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hit the Road: TP 328

I love a road trip, but I haven't taken many recently - sadly! Just one short one, 
which I've already posted a road pic from. 
Taken from the top of the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, it is evidence of our ongoing drought:

Here are some favourite road shots from the archives:

 On the road to Whanganui. It'll be at least another month before the leaves are this colour -


South Island road trip in 2013 -

This is the road I drive when I head west out of our town -

You won't get far on this road!

See how others are hitting the road over here, at Written.Inc

Hopeless Wanderer....

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

How about a drink?

The theme for TP 327 - Drink - has me looking at some of what I've had to drink so far today.

At morning tea time, I had instant coffee; I only allow myself two cups of coffee a day:

At lunchtime, plunger coffee, the next best thing to Espresso:

And many times during the day, the best drink of all - 
pure fresh cold water, straight out of the tap:

Cheers, sláinte, prost, bottoms up!

See what others are drinking here

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Road Trip to the Wild West (Part 2)

In the first post (see here), I talked about a trip to see a lighthouse on a cloudy summer day.

Later I met these guys, holding a meeting:

And this bunch:

These two had other fish to fry:

What I am interested in with birds, just as I am with spiders or monkeys, is what they do and why they do it.
~ David Attenborough

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Country: #3

Last Friday I travelled to Waiheke Island, 40 minutes by ferry from the Auckland CBD, 
to walk the sculpture trail along the headland of the island.

The track was about 2.5 kilometres, and was dotted with 31 sculptures. 
My favourite was the one on the top left; it was made up of a number of thin mirrored 
vertical slabs which created myriads of interesting collages.

It was an EXTREMELY hot day, and a long one - from where I live 
it's a 2 hour drive to Auckland. 
It was also quite crowded, as it was one of the last few days of the 
exhibition - but it was well worth the effort.

Here's a shot across the harbour looking back to the city:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thematic Photographic 325 (plus royalty)

Carmi Levy, at Written.Inc, has suggested Rubbery as this week's theme for TP 325

I live near the town which boasts this country's only open-cast mine, so I went to visit two of the giant decommissioned mine vehicles which are on display near the pit.

Both the dump truck and digger have enormous amounts of rubber in their tyres!

When I got home found that two monarchs had emerged from their
chrysalises (there are about 30 still to hatch).

One was under the window-ledge:

And one in a lavender plant:

The first one gradually dried out -

then crawled down into the sunshine -

onto the grass -

and eventually flew away. 

Meanwhile, this bumblebee was enjoying the marigolds:

Manu wasn't terribly excited about the whole business -