May 31, 2012

Misty Hills At Sunset

I love the atmospheric recession you get at times like this. It shows up all the ridges and tree lines.
This is looking over the harbour toward the Kaimai range. Taken from the top of Mauao.

Air Brakes & California Quail

May 30, 2012

The New Zealand Bach or Crib

Typical New Zealand seaside baches near Mana Wellington.
 The Basics
Marginal paint and seating. But has heating.

 The upmarket version with smart paint job and cool garden style seating. May have aircon!

Iconic Building Mt Maunganui

An iconic building from the 80's. The Twin Towers.
Prior to this there was a well known pub located on this site called the Oceanside.
Now to me that really was a Mount iconic building. I am sure locals of my vintage may agree. Hell we had some good times in that old boozer!

May 28, 2012

Heron Drinking Sea Water

 I wondered what this guy was doing as he was dipping his bill into the sea and tossing back his head like he was drinking the water. Surely not?
But check this out....not exactly a big gulp but a drop at a time must do the trick.

Operation Chewing Gum Hair and More

Paul took these shots, thanks.
So after an hour of secret formulas and techniques for gum removal, a bunch of laughs (not Grace) and a few vinos we finally pulled out the scissors. Not shown here because it was ugly!
 Uncle Ken...uncled!
 Keno, kids and Rob (with red eye or is that red eyes?)

The Rats On The Wall

Grace & Thomas get stuck into the rock wall at the Mount.

May 26, 2012

Here Boy

Rena Update

Work continues at the site. The Captain of the Rena was sentenced today and received a 7 months prison sentence. This has not gone down well with locals who generally think its a light punishment all things considered.

Good Day Bad Day

May 22, 2012


Looking on with some concern as mum & dad go for another death defying roller coaster ride.

May 21, 2012

How We React

This is one of several shots taken at Rainbow's End on the roller coaster.
We have a big scream, a teeth clenching smile, a straight face and a massive "F#*kkkk!" from the back seat!

May 19, 2012

Face Of Fear

At Rainbows End Auckland
Ky's and Paulo. its worse, much worse, than jumping out of a plane according to Ky's.
Thank god I was crook on the day and had an excuse not to partake.

May 17, 2012

Omanu to Makatu

The reflection on the beach, wave pattern and the big cloud bank caught my eye here.

Kingfisher On Norfolk Pine

Could not resist this shot of these little guys in the early morning light.

May 16, 2012

The Eyeball!

He was not happy.

This Is Happening In NZ As Well As USA

The video is over an hour long. This is one of a series and talks about the fact that so many of our people are overweight. For me personally its about our kids and their future. Adults can make their own minds up as they are already well informed or living on another planet. We can do better, surely?

Safety First....Yeah Right!

This trawler took a hard right turn and from my vantage point those yachts were a little close for comfort.
Check out the sail between the stack and the sail on the yacht in full view!

May 14, 2012

Nursery Web Spider

This is a large spider by New Zealand standards. I found this one in a swampy area guarding its web nest.

May 13, 2012

Chopper Doused

What happens when they get too low and too close. Great for the engine!
Click LINK for YouTube slideshow

Into The Sun

The 27 meter Top Sail Schooner BLAZING SHADZ approaches a trawler just outside the Tauranga entrance.