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May 3, 2018

Into Cook Straight…

Filed under: Interisland Ferry,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Family Kiwidutch are travelling from the South Island to the North Island of New Zealand via one of the Cook Straight ferry’s. The Arapawa Island headlands at the exit of Queen Charlotte Sound is one of the “exits” of the Marlborough Sounds and the shortest route for the Interisland Ferry’s to exit into Cook Straight. From here it is the open seas of the Straight until we get into Wellington Harbour. It can be very rough in these unsheltered waters but on this trip we were lucky.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

With the headland  (above) of Arapawa Island on our right, the view to our left on full zoom of the camera (below) becomes the receding East coast coastline. The Southern Alps have their tops wrapped a cloud, a phenomenon which earned New Zealand it’s Maori name: “Aotearoa“, (Land of the Long White Cloud).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The “normal” camera view…

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Dusk falls on Arapawa Island…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We are now in the Cook Straight, one of the roughest pieces of sea in the world due to the “funnel” effect of having the expanses of the Tasman Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Today the weather is playing nice and our journey is smooth.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Arapawa Island is the darker part on the right, the long arm of  the Tory Channel is the lighter part to the left. “Tōtaranui” (Queen Charlotte Sound) is the waterway we have just travelled which runs between the two.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Arapawa Island, (large headland to the left, with Raukawa Rock in the distance. (Full zoom, the camera is struggling, especially since daylight is fading fast)

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Arapawa

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Arapawa Island, shades of light and texture.

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The sun goes down…

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Then with a last blaze of glory for the day…

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It’s almost completely dark by the time I took these, the interior lights of the ship have me the necessary light to see the lighthouse on the Heads of Wellington Harbour.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 7, 2015

Red Sky At Night…

Filed under: Accomodation,GERMANY,Ichenhausen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Sunsets are tricky things to photograph. At least they are tricky for me to photograph, so when I get one right I’m first of all amazed and then delighted. Here is one close to our accommodation in Ichenhausen, Germany taken on our Legoland trip…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 20, 2014

A Demonstration Of Nature’s Beauty…

I love skyscapes and whilst night flights and cloud don’t offer stunning views of the ground, they can still be beautiful. On our 2012 flight home from Greece to Charleroi in Belgium we encounter an amazing demonstration of nature’s beauty in an ever changing vista out of the plane window. Words can’t describe my delight… so maybe these photographs that were taken in chronological order as the flight progressed can…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 23, 2011

Sometimes the Machine Gunner tries hard to be More of a Sniper…

Filed under: LIFE,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

These photos from my Leerdam travels  managed to escape my eye earlier and didn’t get posted.

I took these sunset shots  by the car park by the Argentinian Restaurant  when we went here for dinner the other day.  The sunset was so beautiful by the water that it seemed like a good time to try out a few impromptu arty photography shots.

Of course  a large dose of professionally is missing because moving around on crutches means photos that are even more lopsided than my usual efforts and not having my tripod with me means that that perfect stillness wasn’t happening  in these photos any time soon either .

I don’t think I take too many “arty”shots, I’m more of a “see it, click it ”  kind of  gal.

If  my photography were to be compared with  a weapon I’d definitely be a rapid fire, all fire blazing  machine gun rattling through bullets at an alarming rate and not the carefully aimed sniper who patiently waits for just the right moment to squeeze the shutter button gently down.

So here is a Kiwidutch attempt at “arty” photography. I’m open to critique (that’s Politically Correct terminology for “she needs all the help she can get“) Fire away…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 14, 2011

Flame Red not Just in the Brazier…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m still taking you on a retrospective tour of our short trip to Leerdam.

We’ve just had a fabulous meal at an Argentine restaurant and now we are back at camp.

The kids might be tired but sleeping when there are torchlight adventures to be had is apparently out of the question.

Adding to the excitment, there is a new tent going up through some trees,  in the next clearing, and three teenage girls are unpacking their gear.

They are on a four day biking tour together before they start the first year of their university studies and if they minded our curious brood watching their tent being assembed, they were at least too polite to say so.

Himself pulled the kids away after they had finished telling the girls where the toilets were, where the showers were etc and hopefully before the kids made complete nuisance of themselves.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself eventually diverted them with the spectacle of a fire started in our brazier… the kids loved it and got all dramatic about an open fire (agh, I’m actually quite shocked that they are such city kids!)

Our city apartment living is showing. Sooo different to how I grew up.

A small canal separates us from the farmers field next door and there is a small path along the edge of the field where the resident horse takes his daily ambles… (again, unexpected squeals of delight from our kids to see a horse, untethered so close by)

I had taken photos of said horse in daylight and the kid excitement levels escalated again when he wandered by as the sun set in the background.

For goodness sakes kids, it’s just a horse, haven’t you seen a horse close up before?  um …nooo is the actual answer, I mean these kids don’t even have a garden to play in, I remind myself  “should I really be so surprised?”.

I try to do the sunset justice with my camera and being a mere moral with mere machine, we both fail. Nature does it so much better than man can capture it. You’ll just have to image that it was even better than this.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 23, 2010

And feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The title of this post are the words of a song that my mother taught me when I was quite young.

I liked to sing and I think it must have been a favorite of hers so I suppose that’s why she taught it to me.

I knew at the time that it was called “Both Sides Now” but I only just now looked up who write it.

It’s a song by Joni Mitchell (not that that told me much, as this song is before my time). I can’t ask my Mother, she lost her with battle 19 years ago…

Still, these are the words of this song that sprang instantly to mind when I saw this amazing cloud formation outside  the house in Hanmer Springs…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 2, 2010

A Spooky Sheep and other Observers watch Fire in the Sky…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There has been some strange summer weather of late,  a Southerly bought some cold showers and then the Nor’Wester brought dry heat, and warm  blustery, dusty winds.

In Hanmer Springs there exists a little micro-climate, the rings of foot hills to the East, North and South, combined with the backbone of the Southern Alps rising higher to the West create a high-country pocket in a geographical bump of the Canterbury Plains.

This means that a severe storm that hit Christchurch hard recently has completely passed us by, or that it’s sunny in Christchurch and raining in Hanmer Springs.

All of these clashing forces of nature are guaranteed to sometimes result in some simply magnificent sunsets…

One of the very best of all I missed as we were sitting down to a very late dinner, busy talking and eating with our visitors and were not quick enough with our cameras, but a few other evenings had me wandering down the drive with my camera, to discover other people, mostly tourists also on the main street talking photographs and comparing angles.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Stupidly I have a second camera that has a half decent zoom, but I’d raided the batteries out of it for my nebulizer and my good intentions of replacing them were still good intentions at this point.

Oh Darn, my little camera (it has a block type of rechargeable battery) did the best it could as nature turned on a stunning display. In the end I figure that  less than great photos are better than no photos. I should have also bothered to run back and  fetch the tripod, it was windy and it would have helped the camera as the light faded.

Lessons for next time.

The lack of zoom mean that I wasn’t as happy with the shots as I had hoped, but one “close up” looked to me like the inside of a volcano rim, molten lava seething and foaming…

…and this spooky shot is the glowing eyes of an inquisitive sheep in the paddock over the road… the rest of him is almost entirely enveloped in the darkness. In all probability he’s wondering what  a whole stack of mad humans are doing, gathering in groups and pointing little objects close to their eyes to the sky, (or he’s just annoyed that we are interrupting his grass dinner).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Here is the rest of the fiery display…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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