Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wenderholm - Summer has arrived

My wife and I only live about 5 minutes from Wenderholm. I hadnt been up there for years but now we live so close we've going up each weekend. 

It's a great beach with an estuary behind it that's great for kayaking!

We wandered out on a sand bar and got our feet wet while I took a few shots.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Zealand Xmas Tree

The Pohutukawa tree's are just starting to blossom as the weather heats up and Christmas approaches.

That's Rangitoto in the background, a dormant volcano.

Taken from Browns Bay Beach.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sea shells... on the sea shore

Last weekend we got a bit stir crazy sitting at home so hopped over the hill to Orewa to walk down the beach.

It looked like someone had been collecting pipis or whatever these shell creatures are called... maybe there was just a mass breakout of shell creatures.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Perth - Augusta Coastline

A couple of weeks ago we flew to Perth for a wedding.

We took the chance to take the 4 hour drive to Margaret River. My wife's grandma lives in Augusta so we stayed with her.

We drove up the coastline and I managed to convince everyone to pull over so I could get a few shots...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

After the storm...

After some serious weather over the last week I went down to the beach to check out the debris.

Lots of seaweed and twigs etc litter the sand but some of the bits and pieces are pretty funky looking.

This is the beach just past Waiwera Hot Pools, over the hill from Hatfields Beach.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Entertainment in Queenstown

This kid was taking busking to an extra level in Queenstown last year!

He was actually pretty good! It must be hard to unicycle and play violin at the same time. I cant do either!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Live Theatre on Miyajima

When we visited Japan we stayed on Miyajima, at Momiji so Ryokan, for a couple of nights. It's a great traditional Inn with tatami mats and Futon to sleep on. They cook some amazing noodles too!

While we were visiting the Itsukushima Shrine there was a play on. It wasnt the most exciting of plays, but Japanese theatre relies mainly on dialogue, so if you don't speak Japanese its just guys in costume talking at each other.

The shrine was packed out an there were camera's filming so it still seems quote popular, even if it's just a tourist trap.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As we wandered back to our Hotel from Ueno park we passed over the train tracks where this loan train station attendant guy was dutifully standing guard.

It wasn't long until a train came by so I'm sure his vigil was worthwhile.

He spotted me with my camera and waved, people in Tokyo are very friendly.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The bell tolls

A woman making a prayer / offering at Kiyomizudera. in Kyoto.

Some temples are associated with a shrine. It often happens with Shingon and Tendai temples, especially. In this case, there will be some kind of bell with a long rope hanging from the ceiling in front of the altar. When this is the case, you can throw money in the collection box (anything from 10 Yen to 500 Yen will do) and then ring the bell.

After ringing the bell, clap your hands twice, bow once and pray silently.

Clapping is, in Japanese Shinto, the original sound that separated the elements to form the world. It is used to attract the attention of the gods.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting for your train to come

The train systems in Tokyo are great! every 3 or 4 minutes a train comes to whick you around teh large city. With such efficient and speedy transportation it makes the city seem much smaller than it is.

Friday, July 5, 2013

A photo blossoms

A man photographs the Cherry blossom in full bloom... with his cell phone.

Chase Jarvis says the best camera is the one you have with you.
During Hanami, hundreds if not thousands of Japanese flock to parks to view the Sakura (Cherry) Blossoms.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ueno Streets at night

Braving the streets of Ueno in Tokyo isn't all that dangerous... just a few cyclists to watch out for.
It's even safe enough for school kids to wander around by themselves.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Colours of Autumn

Sometimes it's just your backyard.
Sometimes your backyard can be the most beautiful place in the world.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Morning Neighbour

On our way to Kiyomizu-Dera I spotted these two chatting on a doorstep.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wind powered!

As we drove past Orewa Beach yesterday the wind was whipping up the waves. 
A few Wind/Kite Surfers took advantage.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A rock in the tide

This street was lined with overpriced souvenirs as it leads people up to Kiyomizu-dera.

This monk stood still for minutes as we walked past this throng of tourists. The look of disdain on his face, as he watched people queue for crappy trinkets, was sobering.

It made me think that Japans religion has become a commercialised tourist trap rather than a spiritual retreat. But if the commercialisation of their temples means they can maintain this bit of history and I get to see it, it cant be that bad. Lighten up Monk :p

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A man and his dog

While on our way to the Kirin Beer Factory in Tokyo, we waited at a train crossing with this guy and his cute lil dog. The dogs in Japan are all really small. We didn't see anything bigger than a small terrier.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Not another cat photo... but he's cute!

Friday, March 29, 2013

How to waste time at Easter

Apparently this kinda shot is popular in Japan at the moment:

I thought I'd have a go... I tried to get my wife to pose so I could say "HADOUKEN, get back in the kitchen"... but all I got was frowns and admonishing looks.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The hand that feeds you

I'm trying to get Chesh used to my camera so I bribed him with treat and held the shutter button down... then he ran away.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Summer Sunset

The Summer sun setting,  late February,  left a colourful ribbon of light over Rangitoto.

I was heading home and saw the great colour scheme so drove up to the reservoir near Rangitoto College.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Taking in Kiyomizudera

A man visiting Kiyomizudera, in Kyoto, waves incense towards himself to gather in the smokes 'healing' properties.

Check out Japan guide for more about temples:

"At some temples, visitors burn incense (osenko) in large incense burners. Purchase a bundle, light them, let them burn for a few seconds and then extinguish the flame by waving your hand rather than by blowing it out. Finally, put the incense into the incense burner and fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power. For example, fan some smoke towards your shoulder if you have an injured shoulder."

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Everyone loves cat photos

Here's Chesh, enjoying the outdoors:

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

HIgher Thought

A friend from Uni saw a photo I took (from a car) of the Higher Thought Temple in Auckland.
They asked permission to use it for advertising so I offered to take some better shots:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Old car in an Old town

Going through old photos from Queenstown today I found this shot of a vintage car. Sorry no idea what type of car it is.

I thought it would look good in black and white so gave it a go:

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Back streets of Gion, at night.

I was going through my shots from Japan today and found this. I had dismissed it originally because of the graininess.

So I cropped it differently and now, I kinda like it... obviously since I'm putting it on the internets.