May 28, 2015

Departing Queenstown

Queenstown airport on a grey day. Simply the worst airport do drive out of or into. The roads are super confusing and you can arrive and leave several times before you do either if that makes sense...
 Right after take off, lake Hayes. Very close to Arrowtown. It looks like my old college lapel badge. A shield.
 Looking back to Queenstown area
 The Remarkables I think. Certainly looks like a summer ski field.
 On the way back to Tauranga. Mt Taranaki (Egmont)

Cross Country

The kids had their school cross country today at the local park. It was sunny and cool. Beautiful.
Their dad sent me these shots.
Grace second from the left with her age group. Nana far left in pink cap NOT in her age group. Nowhere near it in fact. But she is outstanding in her field!
Grace on the run. She was not happy with her race. I am not allowed to say where she got. It was not where she had her sights set! There is always next year Grace. (start working on it girl)
 Thomas in the red shirt with white sleeve stripes. Starting off with his age group. Don't know where he finished but i bet he will have a few "I was the best" stories to tell us when he stays over this weekend. Check out those legs!

Art

Tauranga Art Gallery
It's better inside!

Piccadilly Arcade

I bet most locals have walked over this many times without seeing it.

May 26, 2015

Bell 'Huey'

With a history of distinction behind this amazing machine it checks out of the RNZAF for the last time with a final tour of duty.
On the 15th of May The last few Iroquois of the RNZAF took local Vietnam vets for a trip over Tauranga. I was in my home office when I heard that very distinctive thump, thump sound and rushed outside with my camera and was lucky to catch them flying over.
I can remember clearly as a teenager watching the nightly Vietnam war news reports on our scratchy old black and white TV. Without exception the Huey always featured. 
If you want to know more about their Vietnam story read an amazing book called Chickenhawk



May 23, 2015

After Hours

This is when the chairs get to sit on the tables!

Double Rainbow

Stormy skies around Hampton Downs just south of Pokeno


Patches Of Light

Central Otago.
A massive irrigator can be seen in the top picture. Click to enlarge it.