Waikouaiti River – Waikouaiti, New Zealand
Do you trust mornings? This was the Waikouaiti river yesterday at about 7:30am and to tell the truth, I didn’t completely trust the weather! When you get a late autumn morning this still, calm and placid it’s hard to not expect something dramatic to happen. Turns out I was wrong, it was just a lovely day.
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St Kilda Beach – Dunedin, New Zealand
I almost never got this image. I was on my way down to St Kilda beach when the fence post and flower caught my eye. Initially, I thought nothing of it, but in a split second a switch flicked in my mind that said what if ….? What if, I wait for a few minutes and see what the light does? What if I could capture the colour of the developing sky while retaining the blue of the ocean? What if I could also capture some of the green in the bank along with the blue and the orange. Once my mind had started to ask those questions, I couldn’t possibly ignore them, I had to see if I could pull them all together.
Eucalyptus Trees At Dusk – Shepparton, Australia.
“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.
The Pacific Ocean – Dunedin, New Zealand
There’s always an aspect of surprise when you’re photographing a sunrise. While they can look similar to a sunset, personally I find them uniquely different. To me the difference is not in the finished image but the feeling of when you’re out chasing them. They bring with them a sense of freshness, a new beginning or the starting point of a new adventure. There’s always the drawback of having to get up incredibly early to catch them, but when you’re greeted with light like this, it’s always worth it no matter how much the alarm stings.
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Second Beach – Dunedin, New Zealand
Locals to Dunedin will know how popular second beach is, and it’s no surprise that I’m finding more people saying it’s on their list of favourite spots. The thing that gets me every-time I visit is listening to the sound of the rocks as they move with the tide. If you’re feeling adventurous then there’s a good walk up the hill too.
2017 New Zealand Combined Events Championships
Lying on the track like dead ducks and they still had another day to go. This was the scene after the Mens Under 18 and Under 20, 400 metres on Saturday. The 400 metres was the fifth and last event of the Decathlon on day 1 of the New Zealand Combined Events Championships. After this, they had to come back first thing in the morning and do it all again!
Aramoana – Dunedin, New Zealand
Of all the days I picked to climb up Keyhole rock at Aramoana, I’m not sure why I picked a windy one. The wind was fair rocking past this point in fierce gusts that were just infrequent enough to let me get settled, when another one would hit. Fortunately, I was perched on a ledge that I could tuck myself right back on, giving me a bit of shelter.
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The Pineapple Track – Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin is a city with so many great views that it is hard to know where to start when you’re venturing outdoors. You can head up into the hills and tackle trails like Mt Cargill and Swampy Summit that give you uninterrupted views across Dunedin; take a stroll through one of the many bush walks that populate the city or enjoy the coastal vista of the beaches that line the coast.
A popular spot for walkers and runners is the Pineapple Track up Flagstaff Hill which starts at Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road. It’s name comes from the 1920’s when a local store owner took groups up the trail and provided tinned pineapple for the hikers at the top.
Bathing Beach – Stewart Island, New Zealand.
Exploring Stewart Island will reward you with all sorts of surprises on both land and sea. One of the gratifying experiences is simply to stroll around the township of Oban in Halfmoon Bay and discover all the delightful elements it holds. On one such walk I ended up at Bath Beach in Halfmoon Bay at 6:00am on the last day of 2016, waiting for the light to lift. Not a bad way to end the year.
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Feehly Hill – Arrowtown, New Zealand
The scenery that surrounds Arrowtown is stunning at any time of the year and no visit to the historic town is complete without undertaking a walk on one of its famous trails. There are easy flat strolls that head around the town and along the banks of the Arrow River, trails for visitors that want a longer walk and tracks that head up in the hills and reward your efforts with unsurpassed views of Arrowtown and the further Wakatipu basin. One of these (although shorter than some of the longer hill trails) is the Feehly Hill track which only takes about 20 minutes, but a decent pair of shoes is required as the track starts at the Cemetery and winds its way through the plantings mixed with scrub on the lower reaches of the hill before heading up the rocky slope. Once at the top it’s a great view across the basin and towards The Remarkables, although the track does drop steeply down on one side.
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The Spartan 10’s
I spent nearly 11 hours photographing a rugby tournament on Saturday here in Dunedin. The tournament was raising funds for seriously injured rugby players and involved 15 teams.
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Huriawa Pa – Karitane, New Zealand
There are so many coastal spots here around Otago that when you’re travelling it’s hard to know where to stop! In fact, here on the South Island there are incredible coastal spots all over the place where you can enjoy the scenery. One spot I occasionally call in at is a town call Karitane. It’s just north of Dunedin and on the peninsula there is the former Huriawa Pa site. It’s a great location to explore and a neat way enjoy the rocky coastline while appreciating a bit of local history at the same time.