What sad news from overnight to hear that Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away at the age of 46. The Cranberries always popped up fairly regularly on my various play lists and they’re certainly not going to be removed anytime soon.
To Mark the point of elegance.
The colour inside of Paua Shells are both surreal and bizarre when you look at them. Every time I turn one over and look inside I’m surprised and amazed all over again by the combinations of patterns, colours and textures that they contain. This sculpture is in the main bay in Oban on Stewart Island, and it’s covered in Paua Shells that bounce the light in all sorts of directions.
Shell sculpture on Stewart Island – To mark the point of elegance.
When the sky lights up a brilliant selection of colourful rays that linger for a while then slowly slip away from sight, it makes a 5:00am start time all worth it. It’s also a very positive way to start the day.
The Dunedin peninsula has some fabulous stone walls on it that date all the way back to the days of the first settlers. They break up the land like a jigsaw and while some have fallen down, there’s still a large number that are standing, which is fairly impressive considering how exposed to the elements some of the walls are. If you go exploring for them you’ll need to remember that they are on private land and farms, especially around lambing time. Fortunately, this track is open to the public throughout the whole year.
Dunedin At Dusk – Silent I hover all the evening dusk.
The chill of the evening air has certainly taken over in Dunedin.
On the esplanade, it was fairly empty in the early evening with a slight chill in the air and the lights taking. Definitely a time to wrap up warm!
I rather like this shell sculpture that’s on the shore of Halfmoon Bay, opposite the South Seas Hotel on Stewart Island. It’s intertwined with rope and paua shells in a tepee shape which makes it even more intriguing.
Paraparaumu Beach & Kapiti Island – Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
O wandering twilight, dressed in persian orange
allow us this great golden hour; before the
vanishment of dusk upon the evening tide; dim light
slump forth from hidden hollows; then advance
the darkest night where within night air; dreams await.
On the North side of Stewart Island is Lee Bay where you’ll find the gateway to the Rakiura National Park and a terrific sculpture. The walk/tramp through the Rakiura National Park is 32 kilometers, it takes 3 days and and everyone we talked to on Stewart Island said it was an amazing walk to do, and it’s actually listed on the ‘ten great walks of New Zealand’. At the gateway to the Park is a giant Chainlink sculpture which symbolises the anchor chain of the Maori legend Māui who, fished up Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island) and anchored it with Rakiura (Stewart Island). As far as sculptures go, it’s kinda cool.
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St Clair Esplanade – Dunedin, New Zealand
What better way to celebrate a public holiday than with a nice 26 degree day. Here in Dunedin yesterday it was Otago Anniversary Day, marking the anniversary of when the Scottish Free Church settlers arrived at Port Chalmers on the ships the Philip Lang and the John Wickcliffe in 1848. The esplanade area out by St Clair beach was a busy place with cafe’s and restaurants such as The Esplanade Restaurant, Salt, Starfish and Pier 24 all proving popular while the surfing conditions attracted a crowd of it’s own as well.
“The light never lasts long I thought to myself” and peace had finally come at the end of the day, although there remained a lasting haze of heat that sat, like a guest who had outstayed his or her welcome. Suddenly a loud, unsettled cry came drifting with the wind through the trees, followed by a lasting silence. The light was fading, the heat was dropping and it seemed the local bird life were now also settling down for the evening.
It’s not hard to tell why Queenstown is such a popular destination for tourists, business retreats and artists. The scenery of the resort town is spectacular and it boasts over 200 adventure tourism activities. These include skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, and sky diving among the popular choices for those with a sense of adventure.
This is the view from the Skyline Gondola, Restaurant and Luge which is a must on your next visit. They also offer a stargazing package which gives an unbelievably clear view of the night sky.