To the young, the old, the rich, the poor and everyone in between. Have a wonderful Christmas that is filled with good company, good food and many happy memories.
Of all the Christmas songs, this one is definitely my favourite. “It was Christmas Eve babe, in the drunk tank. An old man said to me, won’t see another one. And then he sang a song, The Rare Old Mountain Dew. I turned my face away, And dreamed about you.”
The Christmas treats are starting to get ticked off shopping lists if the purchases at the Dunedin Farmers Market are any indication. There’s also going to be some extremely delicious food being cooked up between now and Christmas as visitors to the market seemed to be loving the chance to purchase products that have been grown, caught, brewed, pickled, smoked, roasted or made within the Otago region.
I’m told that it’s some of the best produce in New Zealand and that the Otago Farmers saturday market is one of the busiest farmers markets in Australasia. I’ll leave that for others to decided, however the varieties of fruit, vegetables, breads, baking, meat and coffee is fairly impressive.
One things for sure, it’s not long before you get hungry once you’re there!
Exploring Dunedin at dusk gives you loads of options to enjoy the light from. You can go up high to the hills or right down to sea level on the beach. Then there are wee places tucked away all over city like the pier at glenfalloch.
I’ve been exploring a few landscapes by using a big stopper neutral density filter (10 stops). This time I headed up to Shag Point after school for an afternoon test with the exposure time being pushed up to 92 seconds. That’s the fabulous thing about this filter, it’s enables me to achieve silky smooth water during the day.
I found this video from tourism Dunedin showcasing Summer in Dunedin that was released in January this year. Since it’s now Summer, I thought it seem appropriate to share it. It’s also a cool reminder of some of the neat things there is to do in and around Dunedin.
More of summer in Dunedin
Here’s a few images from Dunedin taken during the summer months of December and January. I love this image of the Yellow Eyed Penguin. I found her on Boulder beach early one afternoon, which seemed pretty unsual, as normally they’ve headed out to sea during the day. As long as I kepted my distance, she seemed fairly happy to go about her business enjoying the sun and the rocks
Pricewaterhousecoopers Towers – Wellington, New Zealand
Wandering with no purpose or intention is a great way to see a city, I find it opens my eyes to all sorts’ of new possibilities. A building shooting up into the sky, suddenly became a fascinating collection of textures, lines and colour. It kinda made me wonder …… but that’s another story.
Corner of Switchback and Craig Road – Dunback, New Zealand.
I like the idea of images that draw you in to have a long stare, rather than a quick glance or a fleeting moment of ‘wow.’ This is one of those scenes that seems to really appeal to me and makes me want to look for a wee bit longer. Maybe it’s hint of what once was, but what looks like an old loading ramp (or something similar) like this seems to hold a lot of stories. It almost says, ‘hang around for a bit.’
Abandoned farmhouse at Hooper’s Inlet House – Otago Peninsula, New Zealand
Sadly this house is no more. It stood for a long time in a farm paddock by Hopper’s Inlet on the Otago Peninsula, right beside a Department Of Conservation walking track. That meant access to the house was pretty easy. In some ways it became an icon of the area because it was certainly well photographed (and loved) until a winter storm last year finally brought her to the ground.
There’s all sorts of interesting, weird and wonderful things to do and see in Queenstown, both on land and in the air. A common sight amongst the mountains that surround the lake and across the skyline are people paragliding. To me paragliding looks kinda like skydiving but sitting down and without a plane ride. Either way, in a place like Queenstown the extreme views make it a very popular way to see the town.
Here’s another view of the rocks near Lawyers Head here in Dunedin. They are so close to my house that I’m never really far away from them. I often return here many times to experiment with settings and techniques however due to its eastern location, the weather isn’t always perfect but the rocks are always interesting.
Where destinations are a new way of seeing things and paths are not found but made.