Good images of birdlife in the New Zealand bush are difficult. They require a lot of patience and skill, neither of which I have in abundance. So when I get the chance, I jump at it. Here are some results, from my ‘road trip’ back in November. First the elusive Kokako, which we occasionally used to hear in the distance when we went tramping around Pureora, west of Lake Taupo, but seldom saw:
The entrance to the harbour at Greymouth is an interesting place, even on a quiet day. The road out to it provides views back to the harbour and town, especially early in the morning:
(there is a high-quality version of this image available at New Zealand Photos Online.)
These colours showed up for only a couple of minutes, then it was back to the cold dawn hues:
This week I am back in Greymouth once more. I guess I am providing support for my wife, who in turn is helping to organise support for the victims of the Pike River mining disaster. The Pike River mining company had just been put into receivership and the impact of this move on the surviving workers was expected to be quite severe. Not just on the families and surviving employees, but the whole town and even the NZ economy will suffer.
Just a few metres away from my wife’s office TV crews had already set up their gear, preparing for the evening news.
For years I have been driving to Blenheim, zooming past the little settlement of Canvastown. Last week I took the time to explore the area. About 15 km up the Wakamarina Road in the Mt Richmond Forest Park there is a camping ground located on the remains of some old mine workings. A photographer friend and I spent some time on the nearby river, with interesting results. Here are some of them: