Emily waves hello to everyone from the balcony of the house she is staying at in Wellington.
Well the Pest is finally leaving New Zealand. One less invasive species for them to monitor. In a few months Ms. Biodiversity will also leave and at that point all monitoring can stop. No more wildlife will be disturbed. Maryland, on the other hand, should start a watch…
Here are a few last tag-along images. Continue reading Tag-Along Series #8: The End
One more Volcano post. A sad one. This is Mt. Taranaki who is basically isolated from all the other volcanos. He is at rest on the coast near New Plymouth. He lost at love and some think he is waiting for revenge. Continue reading A Volcano Alone and Separated From Love
Yes, I know. There are volcanos everywhere and we have all seen them, but I have never spent any quality time with volcanos so my last hurrah of a trip down-under was to tramp for 3 days around the bottoms, middles, and definitely the tops of active volcanoes. Tongariro has 3 of the most famous ones in NZ and I visited all three which are in a nice tight group. So, pictures of volcanos are a dime a dozen, but these are my dozen (actually a baker’s dozen). Continue reading Pictures of Volcanos
Finally I can come home and people under 30 will respect me. I saw some locations for a famous film series today. Not sure, but here I think someone lost a finger here, someone found a ring, and a little whimpering fleshy pale guy who likes to crawl around the ground made his appearance nearby. Black Gate must be close by… and some really really bad guys. Continue reading The LOTR Checkbox is Finally Checked
I should probably just stop this post here with the title and photo, but you can’t make this stuff up. Continue reading Tractors of the Whangamomona Republic
I flew to New Plymouth today to finally see, after a lifetime, the Len Lye Center and Museum. Artist/Animators don’t get much respect in the states, but here in New Zealand they have honored him with this huge amazing museum to house his archives, works, and created a research library for scholars to study his career. Continue reading Len Lye Pilgrimage
The tag-along series is winding down. Time to say good-bye. This is Emily and 3 of her Fulbright teacher cohorts on a hike. Minneapolis, Oakland, LA, and Baltimore are represented here. Continue reading Tag-Along Series #7
There is a small isolated wind-swept island in the middle of Wellington Bay. It is most renown for being a quarantine for arriving passengers and then later for diseased animals. There is this one tree, totally contorted by the environment, that sits on the highest hill. If I was going to be here for a number of seasons I would turn it into my “Monet Haystacks” and head out there in all environments to photograph it. Continue reading One Tree
and I would definitely have the cow bell.
Rhysonic is the name. He has his own Vimeo channel with some clips of him playing bells, tubes, and other things.
Academia regularly uses the term “Aspirational Peer.” When planning, institutions will list who they think their peer institutions are, but they will also make another list of institutions they aspire to become – something to shoot for and communicate their most important values. This post is for Lee Boot who loves oceans, sailing, humanity, and cities. He also has visions and limitless energy to make Baltimore the best. This is a seed to plant that Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, should be one of Inner Harbor’s aspirational peers. Continue reading Wellington: Baltimore Inner Harbor’s Aspirational Peer
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!
It has been a great run, but I am winding down and headed back up-yonder in less than two weeks. Sure it’s been great, but it will also be nice to be back home. After settling into Wellington with Emily for the last 3 weeks and working remotely on an IRC project, I am taking the last weeks to experience the North Island. Volcanos appear to be on that list…
Numerous Tassies, when attempting to explain Tasmania to me, used the example that Tasmania is about the size of Ohio. I took the time and did a pretty good job of comparing their sizes. Since many of you who are actually reading this blog have a personal relationship to Ohio, I thought you might enjoy the following in trying to visualize just how much of Tasmania is totally wild. Untouched.
No, Emily and I haven’t been affected by all the major earthquakes in New Zealand this last month. However, it is extremely windy and cool here. Finding warm places out of the wind here apparently leads to behaviors that other cultures would find strange. Continue reading Fresh Northerlies and Earthquakes
We had a international Valentine’s Day dinner at the house where Emily is staying. Her apartment is directly below this living room and has the same view. Continue reading Valentine’s Day Dinner
Unlike Dorothy, the Tasmanian scone maker who hides behind cash registers, Jaqui Tutt from Wellington will gleefully prance down her steps should you want to take a photo of her purple house. Continue reading Ms. Tutt, Sea Slugs, and Mauve
Walked around Wellington today on a hot summer day and thought about everyone on the east coast of the US freezing. Just 3 shots for humor here. Continue reading Wellington: ET, Beehive, and Changing Light Bulbs
All the Fulbright Scholars (and their families) were welcomed by the Maori at the Waiwheti Marae (gathering place) which is just outside Wellington. Emily has done a great blog post describing this event. Here is a link to it. The only thing I can add is a few photos and descriptions of the overnight and events. Continue reading Powhiri: Maori Welcome Ceremony
It’s steep here. Really steep. This “garage” is just down our “street” – technically we live on a “terrace” – Mortimer Terrace. I wouldn’t even walk into that garage, let alone park my car in it, but this is life here. Somebody does. This neighborhood of Wellington where Emily is staying makes past hilly places I have stayed – Certaldo Alto, Arbuckle Driveway, and Maiori on the Amalfi Coast – look as flat as Kansas. Continue reading Wellington: #1
At a museum in Wellington I saw the original coin, the silver dollar, the gold piece of the Money Shot. The icon of New Zealand. This started it all. 1960. Brian Brake Continue reading Fiordland: The Money Shot Part 2
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