Local Heart, Global Soul

November 10, 2018

The Kiwidutch’s Sans Kiwi, Start Out…

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

Himself and the Kiwidutch kids have left me to have a rest in the car park whilst they take a walk and try and see as much as they can of the Franz Josef glacier. 

I’ve handed over my DSLR camera and they have strict instructions to take a “ton of photographs please”.

Partly due to the novelty of handling a camera that is not imbedded in a phone, and having more zoom in the lens than they are used to, they actually do!

There are a lot of “This would look good on Instagram” type of photo of course (naturally I’m talking about my offspring here, not about Himself, who could care less if he was ever in a photograph) and these end up in our Family album instead of on the internet.

That said they also take turns carrying the camera and so I get a variety of styles of shots too.

It didn’t take a degree in rocket science to guess who took photos of helicopters and who took the close ups of ferns for example.

They were all keen to do the one and a half hour walk until during the scramble getting out of the car, we realised that due to the hot weather Little Mr. had left his sneakers back at the hostel in Greymouth and was wearing his open sandals instead.

This footwear meant that safety needed to come first and the forty minute walk to the first look out point would have to do. 

They didn’t particularly mind.

The first section of the walk is on a nice path through native trees and scrubs, they follow the riverbed and the way gets rockier and open from there on. The photographs can tell the story of their journey…

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

Here the rock face bears the swirling scratches of the glacier as it ground it’s way past…

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

Alternate walks…

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

From a distance it almost looks like a pile of driftwood…

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

Another swing-bridge high above the waterfall of the previous photographs…

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Family Kiwidutch)

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