Shhhhhh …. Quiet Please

In Existence, All The Morning Absorbing.

It’s quite absorbing to walk through a town first thing in the morning before everyone has woken up. I always feel like I have to whisper in case I wake someone up! This is Oban on Stewart Island at about 5:30/6am in the morning on the last day of 2016. We ended the day at the South Seas Hotel which is the two story building with the red roof you can see in the distance which was a very lively place to end the year.


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Volcanic Light

When The Night Turns To Day.

This was a crazy sunrise that happened over several days in a row while heading through East Otago. It was when there was a volcanic eruption in another part of the world (South America I think) and the morning and evening light was super intense. Whether the light at sunrise and sunset was affected by an eruption so far away I’m not sure. It might have been a coincidence, but it was quite a morning show whatever caused it.


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Tunnel Of Green

Through This Darkness To The Break Of The Day.

I’ve driven past this tunnel countless times but only ever stopped once. It’s in the Manuka Gorge on the way to Lawrence and Central Otago and is known as the Mount Stuart Tunnel. It’s an amazing 442 meters long and dates back to the 1870’s. Both entrances are surrounded by a lovely bush that gives a beautiful green glow that bounces off the wall’s and the trickle of water on the ground. 

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S L O O O O W

For The Steps Of Another Day

Long exposures and slow shutter speeds can create an intriguing effect, particularly around water. This image I took at Smails Beach which is a short drive from where I live. The texture on the rocks from the seaweed is really interesting when combined with a candyfloss effect on the water created by an exposure time of 146 seconds at f/11. I don’t usually create images with such a long exposure but it’s extremely satisfying when they come out how you want.


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Princess Street Lights

True It Is, When The Rain Stops.

I don’t have many shots of Dunedin at night and I always think I should get more but I never seem to. I always think I should put some time aside to get more images like this which is more of a cityscape than a landscape. It had just stopped raining which made the city lights glow, shine and bounce off all the wet surfaces . Any new landscape/cityscape images of Dunedin I upload into this new gallery called Ōtepoti.


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Sunset From Highcliff Road

Wherever I Wander, Wherever I Rove.

Here’s another image from my Ōtepoti gallery. Actually, I’m going to be publishing images from there all this week so make sure you share them with your friends and family to show off this wonderful place. Today’s images  was taken on Highcliff Road which runs along the top of the Peninsula and has all these marvellous stone walls that date back to the early settlers. On this occasion I was after the sunset looking back towards the city. 
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove – Buy


Second Beach At Dusk

Let Thy East Tide Rest On

How wonderful is this light at Second Beach in St Clair. It didn’t hang around for long so I was pretty happy to get the light while it was there.  This image is from a gallery I’ve just reorganised called Ōtepoti. It’s taken me a while to sort all my landscape images but I’m getting closer to being completed. I’ve organised them into three galleries called Ōtepoti which are images from around Dunedin, Beyond The Eastern Steeps which are any landscapes image from beyond Dunedin city and Peak Directions which is home to my never ending collection of images of life around St Clair. If you want to check them out (which I’d love you to do) just follow the above links. Let Thy East Tide Rest On
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Blue Rain by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

Blue Rain

A bit of poetry from Alistair Te Ariki Campbell for Friday.

Blue Rain
Blue rain from a clear sky.
Our world a cube of sunlight —
but to the south
the violet admonition
of thunder.

Innocent as flowers
your eyes with their thick lashes
open in green surprise.

What have we to fear?
Frost and a sharp wind
reproach us,
and a tall sky pelts the roof
with blue flowers.

You and I in bed, my love,
heads leaning together,
merry as thieves
eating stolen honey —
what have we to fear
but a borrowed world
collapsing all about us
in blue ruins?

By Alistair Te Ariki Campbell


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Tautuku Boardwalk

But When The Memories Drift

This image reminds me of a dream or at least that dream-like feeling when you’re not really asleep but not really awake. To me, looking out across the reeds and down stream it feels like I’m looking at a  prehistoric scene. I took this at the end of the Tautuku Boardwalk just before the half-light of evening took hold and the sky seemed to change it’s mood.


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