Off to Kaikoura last weekend with the Nelson Camera Club. Five of us went out with “Albatross Encounter” for a couple of hours. Here are a few examples, and I have posted some higher quality images on my wildlife gallery. (The first 10 images are from that trip.) We stopped not a huge distance offshore and the skipper put out a bait bag. The Cape Petrels arrive first, chattering away and making quite a din.
Just a few minutes from Greymouth, alongside the Grey River, the site of the Brunner Coalmine is clearly visible from the main road to Reefton. This heritage area has seen a great deal of restoration effort in the last two years. Access is via an impressive bridge, now in its fifth or sixth reincarnation after being reconstructed in 2004.
Last year I spent several months commuting, spending the working week in Christchurch and returning to Nelson at weekends. I stayed just across the road from the art gallery, so was able to spend quite a few evenings there. It’s an interesting building, difficult to do justice to in photographs. Here is a more creative example, just to get your attention:
Last week we had some Australian relatives to stay and this week, after trouncing the Wallabies last weekend, the All Blacks have a chance to clinch the tri-Nations trophy when they play Australia again in Christchurch. So I thought we’d switch to an Australian topic for this post.
Several years ago we visited the Otway Peninsula in Victoria. We went hunting for platypus in a wonderful early morning excursion. The place was Lake Elizabeth, formed when a landslide dammed a stream more than 50 years ago. It’s a remarkable place: