Or maybe, just maybe, there is a new caution sign designer and just a smidgen of vanishing point perspective is working its way onto the signs. NO! Could this possibly be that there is a cross walk up ahead? 3D!
I should just stop after this title and photo. It says it all. Continue reading Living With Parrots
Those are sea kayaks against mountains that go up over 5,000 feet. And the kayakers aren’t floating 15′ above a nice flat sandy beach bottom. Those mountains continue their incline straight down. The waters are deep. This post builds on the two previous ones about Fiordland: Milford and Doubtful Sounds Continue reading Fiordland: Trying to Scale the Sounds
The most expensive road to construct in New Zealand is unreachable by car. You can’t drive to it. You can see it as a small white line in the above photo of Wilmot Pass at Doubtful Sound. It is 12 miles long and is not connected to any other roads. Continue reading Fiordland: The Expensive Road You Can’t Drive To
Mitre Peak (the one on the left with the little cotton cloud toupee) in Milford Sound is the most photographed thing in New Zealand. It ranks close to Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. So I went to Milford Sound and paid my respects. I took the money shot. Continue reading Fiordland: The Money Shot
It is windy here. I broke my rule of lying fallow and gave myself an assignment: Spend the day driving across the South Island and photograph windbreaks. They are everywhere – all encompassing, huge, long, and captivating. Perhaps I am entering my Color Field Painting phase – should last about a week… Following is a lot of photos and just a few words. Some of the images might work better if you click them and fill your screen. Continue reading Windbreaks
Except for one day flying from Australia to New Zealand I haven’t seen a plane high in the sky since early December. No commercial flights flyover Tasmania – where would they be going? Same with South Island – there is just no where to fly to. Neither of these places are on the path to someplace else unless it is Antartica. It is actually noticeable after awhile. And the silence is spectacular, – deep and encompassing. No way to give the experience of silence through online media.
I found the end of the Long White Cloud in Milford Sound. The weather broke. It took 10 days. The smartest thing I planned months ago was to stay an extra 4 days on the South Island while Emily started settling into Wellington on the North Island. Continue reading End of the Long White Cloud
We are winding down our 2 week reconnoiter of the South Island. It has been rainy, cloudy, and socked-in for most of that time. Even though we were in, on, over, through, under, around the Southern Alps and had some amazing times, we never really saw much of them. This funny post from last week gives a hint of what we saw, versus what we could have seen. So, though we never saw the tops of any mountains, we did see New Zealand and Aotearoa. Continue reading Land of the Long White Cloud
We are smitten with the caution signage here in New Zealand and Australia. It is just a bit more personal, alive, real, casual, emotional. A human made these. We need more of this in the States. How can you not pay attention to an exclamation point on a deserted rural road? And it is flexible. It folds in half. The top folds down. It closes up. I guess sometimes it isn’t an Exclamation Point Day and some worker comes along and folds it closed. Then a few days later he stops by again and declares it an important day. He opens it – probably with immense seriousness. I want that job. People think us nuts for pulling over on roads and taking photos of signs. !
Perhaps Shakespeare can make eating elk a bit easier… Not that I have declared it a mission, but I am trying the different meats here. So far I have had curried wallaby and grilled kangaroo steaks. We’ve been seeing a lot of venison farms here on the South Island: wapiti (elk), red deer, and antelope. Decided to try some Elk. Continue reading Down-Under Meats
Roadkill. I will spare you the photo she is taking, but the story and insights I am happy to share. I love tagging-along on this biodiversity adventure. Continue reading Touring on Holiday with Emily
We are learning and loving the New Zealand accent. They do remarkable things with vowels. Continue reading Snakes and Fish Tails
We spent the day in Fox Glacier in the midst of, I guess, a fairly typical 20″ of rain in 24 hours. Undeterred, Em and I went for a hike renown for its terrific views of the Southern Alps and Temperate Rain Forests. Which view did we get? They are both from the same spot on Lake Matheson that showcases Mt. Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand. Continue reading Which View Did We See?
Carolyn’s brother lives next door and has been joined by a couple, Justin and Aynoa, who work on the property. They are living in something that I would call “The Peace Bus to the Third Power.” We felt right at home walking around their version of the Peace Bus and thinking of Cubed. It got even better when we met Benjamin and Alexa. Continue reading Peace Bus Cubed
A day after leaving Peter’s ocean view we arrive at the Phillips’ in Delaware Bay, South Island, New Zealand. This is what they wake up to every morning. Not sure if I can handle Baltimore mornings after these two places – back to back. What a treat. Location Location Location. Continue reading From One Ocean View to Another
We’ve been in New Zealand for almost a week but it has been so busy, beautiful, and the WiFi has been so spotty that there hasn’t been time to sort photos and write posts. Today it is raining, and I mean RAINING. We are loving it. It has been early December since I’ve been in a day of rain. I am soaking it up. Continue reading 16 Feet of Rain