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Rakiura National Park

And All Is Silent

Here’s another sculpture, this one’s by artist Russell Beck and was made in 2002. It marks the entrance to Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island. This chain link sculpture symbolises the mythological link between the waka (canoe) of Maui and the anchor stone. According to the legend, Maui fished up Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island) and anchored it with Rakiura (Stewart Island). I also believe they’ve made a matching chain link sculpture on the mainland at Bluff.

And All Is Silent – Buy


Competition – Give Away

I decided it’s time to give away some art. I’ve got this lovely 18 x 12 inch print of Dunedin’s historical home, Olveston to give away.  It’s mounted, framed, finished with glass  and has a value of $400. The great thing is that it’s all ready to be hung and an enjoyed in your home, office, flat, or wherever you desire.
Printing by the The Photo Gallery in Dunedin.
Mounting and framing by Gallery De Novo in Dunedin. Continue reading Rakiura National Park

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Truly Unique Wellington

Solace of the Wind

I love this sculpture by artist Max Patte. I visit it every time I go to Wellington but I always seem to catch it in the morning. I’ll have to make a return trip one day to catch it with the evening light behind it. I did a bit of research about it the first time I saw it and it turns out that it was originally loaned to the city for a year in the hopes of finding a patron but has been there ever since (that’s ten years now!).

Solace of the Wind – Buy


Competition – Give Away

I decided it’s time to give away some art. I’ve got this lovely 18 x 12 inch print of Dunedin’s historical home, Olveston to give away.  It’s mounted, framed, finished with glass  and has a value of $400. The great thing is that it’s all ready to be hung and an enjoyed in your home, office, flat, or wherever you desire.
Printing by the The Photo Gallery in Dunedin.
Mounting and framing by Gallery De Novo in Dunedin. Continue reading Truly Unique Wellington

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Olveston Home & Garden

Behold The Light And Whence It Flows

Olveston was built for Dunedin businessman and philanthropist David Theomin, his wife Marie and their two children Edward and Dorothy. Olveston was a family home from the time it was built in 1906 until 1966. Since then it has been maintained as an historic house museum depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century. 

Behold the light and whence it flows – Buy


Competition – Give Away

I decided it’s time to give away some art. I’ve got this lovely 18 x 12 inch print of Dunedin’s historical home, Olveston to give away.  It’s mounted, framed, finished with glass  and has a value of $400. The great thing is that it’s all ready to be hung and an enjoyed in your home, office, flat, or wherever you desire.
Printing by the The Photo Gallery in Dunedin.
Mounting and framing by Gallery De Novo in Dunedin.

How To Enter and Win
To win this wonderful piece of art all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog and you’re in the draw, it’s as simple as that! Every time you comment you’re in the draw, so you can enter as many times as you like. I’ll be posting a new image everyday while the competition runs, so you’ll be able to see a new photo to comment on everyday until Friday 8th February. It’ll be like having 300 seconds of good escapism during each work day.

Competition Details:
The competition will run from 6:30am  on Monday 21st January (NZ time) through till 4:30pm, Friday 8th February (NZ time).
The winner will need a valid email address to be contacted by.
Please note any comments that involve profanity will be deleted.

Image Details: 
Olveston, Royal Terrace, Dunedin.
Camera maker: Canon
F – Stop: f/13
Exposure time: 1/25sec
ISO speed: ISO 100
Focal length: 10mm

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Athletics

Light Rain

Running between rain drops!
Light rain, holiday plans and other events around the country meant a modest number of athletes gathered at the wet Caledonian ground this afternoon. Rain always brings with it nice flat light which can be a welcome change from the glare that shooting in bright sunshine brings during summer. Despite the rain and modest number of athletes, there were still some decent performances to draw interest. 

Side Note: Southern United defeated Hamilton Wanders 3 – 1 this afternoon at Forsyth Barr Stadium


Athletics Otago Interclub Meeting (19.01.19) Continue reading Athletics

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Foils

Afternoon Waves at Blackhead.

I almost had Blackhead beach to myself yesterday afternoon. I took a trip out there just after the high tide had hit and since it was fairly calm, it was ideal for getting deep below the breakers with my camera. Luckily enough, one local (Steve) was out enjoying the small yet fun waves as he carved around the breakers on foils giving me a different point of focus. I even got an explanation of how the foils work which was just as interesting.

Steve on the foils – Buy

Small yet fun – Buy

Rolling thunder – Buy

Passing by – Buy

Looking skyward – Buy


 

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In Love With Colin McCahon

Am I Scared Boy (eh).

There’s a reason Colin McCahon is widely regarded as New Zealand’s most important modern artist and if you get a chance to view his work, it doesn’t take long to understand why. I had the chance to see an exhibition of his work in Wellington which had me (and many others) spellbound. I only hope I get to see another exhibition of his.Am I Scared Boy (eh) – Buy


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Bradrona

And Are Up For All To See.

It seems typically kiwi that a fence with bra’s on it can become iconic. This fence, which is found in Cardona near Wanaka was actually  renamed ‘Bradrona’ some years ago and is now a spot where people can make donations towards the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The original story goes that It began around 1999, when four bras mysteriously appeared overnight on a fence along the Cardrona Valley Road. 

And are up for all to see – Buy


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McNally Road in the Ida Valley

New Adventures In 2019

Welcome to a new year! Let’s kick off the 2019 adventures at the head of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy.

Uncertain Journey’s Have Been A Long Time Coming.

I can’t claim this to be original at all. It’s very much inspired by Grahame Sydney but then again, it’s hard to go through the Ida Valley without begin inspired by the iconic Central Otago Artist. However, instead of copying one of his locations I tried to find a new location that had all the elements of a Grahame Sydney painting. The low horizon extending beyond the canvas, a road, a give-way sign and I even managed to get a few birds in the sky.

Uncertain Journey's Have Been A Long Time Coming.Uncertain journey’s have been a long time coming – Buy


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Lindis Pass Summit

Trek forth, to seek and find.

This is the incredible view from the summit of the Lindis Pass scenic look out. I do wonder, after a steep climb like this, is it normal to find it easier going down than coming up? My legs were fairly killing me when I got to the top, but going back down the sheep tracks proved most useful. The official look out and viewing platform is a short 200m stroll up a path from the car park, but if you’re keen, there’s a mountain goat style climb up the steep hill to get this outstanding view of the Lindis Pass.
It might be worth a return visit in winter. 
Trek forth, to seek and find.
Trek forth, to seek and find  – Buy


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