Feb 27, 2009

Promised Faces link

Click on Kelco Photos and check out the faces. I think they are raw and stunning.

Sites to check out

From time to time I find sites of digital artists and photographers that just blow me away. So I thought why not put them on the site for you guys to check out. The first one is Dominique Chapanot. Get into the site and have a dig around. See what you think. Tomorrow I will add a site with B&W faces that will amaze you with their sheer impact. Enjoy.
Look to the top right for the new link.

Feb 25, 2009


Photoshop is a powerful tool for manipulating digital photo's. But it can also be used to create images from scratch. The challenge is to master and remember the technology...a big challenge but highly recommended if you seek extreme frustration.
These space creations are from scratch the football and sunset are from photos. The theme here is they all contain a ball of some kind. Not that I needed a theme it was just that I noticed it!

Feb 24, 2009

More Mount views

There are endless views and perspectives available on and around Mauao. Here are a few more.

Feb 22, 2009

Back streets and Beach

More Auckland back street scenes. The coffee van was totally a surprise find. Looks like nobody else knows where it is either even the staff were nowhere to be seen! The driftwood log is on the South beach of Mauao.

Just pictures


Dawn Princess leaves the Mount
Mount ocean side

North Rock near sunset

Feb 19, 2009

Looking up for a change

The military scene is a creation from shots taken at the last Mount airshow . The others are photos from that airshow as well except for the Biplane over the Mount. Another fake...sorry. But looks kind of cool don't you think.

Feb 17, 2009

Will Watch

Here is some more background on the Will Watch the ship that brought John O'Sullivan my great great grand father to Nelson (See blog below)
I was lucky enough to find this painting on the Internet along with some back ground which may be of interest to family.
Like all colonies. Ships formed the only link and lifeline to the outside world and were a big part of life for pioneers in New Zealand as they are today.
The sea is in our blood and our blood is in our seas.

The two google searches below the painting print are not my words simply copies of what I read

Ships; Whitby (Ship); Will Watch (Ship); Arrow (Ship); When: 1840-1849 ; Where: Nelson City;

Google search 1.
April 1841
Two ships, the Whitby and Will Watch, sailed that month for New Zealand with surveyors and labourers to prepare plots for the first settlers (scheduled to follow five months later). Land sales proved disappointing, however, and threatened the viability of the settlement: by early June only 326 allotments had been sold, with only 42 purchasers intending to actually travel to New Zealand. Things had improved little by the drawing of the lottery in late August 1841, when only 371 of the allotments were drawn by purchasers, three-quarters of whom were absentee owners.

Google search 2
During the 1841 period, new settlements sprang up on both islands of New Zealand. Three ships were dispatched from England to carry out a survey for the new Nelson settlement. The barques Whitby, Will Watch and the brig Arrow left with 59 officials and labourers. The Will Watch carried 45 labourers, while the cargo hold of the Arrow was packed with stores of all kinds for the settlers.The first two vessels sailed on the 2nd May, 1841 from Gravesend but the Arrow did not get away until the 21st. All three vessels arrived at Port Nicholson when there was some argument over the site. The expedition crossed Cook Strait to explore the district, when it was finally agreed that the settlement would be located in the S.E. corner of Wakatu Bay.Late October 1841, saw a second migrant wave of ships heading for Nelson, New Zealand. The small brig Lloyds carried the wives and children of the men sent out in the first settlers. She was accompanied by the Lord Auckland, Fifeshire, Mary Ann, the four ships carrying some 764 people bound for the settlement.The Lloyd was reported on arrival as being badly overcrowded with poor and cramped conditions during the voyage which resulted in the death of 65 children. The Captain and doctor were both censured by Captain Wakefield, who refused to sign the clearance certificate so neither could claim his pay.


The blog is now on its own domain. Its easier to remember.

But here is the story behind the name. Hey its not easy to think up a meaningful web site name as there are literally millions if not billions out there already.

In November 1841 my great great grandfather (John O'Sullivan) arrived by ship in Nelson from England..yes but he was Irish . He was working for the New Zealand Company who had the task to set up NZ (or was it just Nelson?) as a British colony. The ships name was Will Watch.

A few months later in 1842 his wife and children arrived on another ship the Lloyds. A hell trip by all accounts.

Nelson celebrates their founding pioneers and have dedicated an area on their water front for plaques that tell the story of the many ships and their passengers who arrived from the other side of the world to start a new life.
I can't imagine how hard that era must have been.
You can see the plaque details better if you click to open the bigger image. Enjoy.

Feb 16, 2009

Tauranga and about.

Cruise ships have been arriving and departing like never before. I am sure the average tourist won't be disappointed if they look past the shops and bars.

Feb 15, 2009

Just Cricket.

Fergusson Park, Tauranga.
The ball is seldom where you expext it to be.
The last shot is not religious. A close look will see the ball in those clasped hands!