A Walk in the Forest

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I walk carefully along the swing bridges from tree to tree, high up in the redwood forest among the birds. It is another world up here. My vision of coming back as a bird in my next life has taken wings. It is all here before me in this forest setting. I could be a [...]

  • The view down across the Ahukawakawa wetlands to Mt Taranaki

Pouakai Treasures

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The foothills of Mt Taranaki are formed by the Pouakai and Kaitake ranges, remnants of a large volcano. They lie to the north of the symmetrically shaped volcano that is Mt Taranaki. Both ranges were the source of kai (food) for local Māori a factor reflected in their names. Pouakai means the pillar or source [...]

  • Large rock stacks dot the beach at Tongaporutu

Monoliths in the Sand

December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Friends of mine have a classic Kiwi fibrolite bach from the fifties overlooking the Awakino River mouth. This bach is a suntrap and the perfect spot to stay while I’m on a shooting recce of the Three Sisters, Mokau and Awakino. When I say shooting I do mean with a camera as opposed to a [...]

  • Captain James Cook visited the Ngāti Hei pā at Wharekaho Beach

One of Those Special Places

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

I have been visiting Simpson’s Beach at Wharekaho since I was a kid. In the sixties, windy gravel roads and clouds of dust were synonymous with a trip to Whitianga. We pulled up at Simpson’s Beach with our blue Holden station wagon overloaded with camping/fishing gear and set up camp in the paddock at the [...]

A Walk on the Wild Side

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The ground was dark as I stumbled down towards the gravel shore to photograph the Cape Palliser lighthouse silhouetted against the striped morning sky. I was only half awake, still entombed in the warm feeling from my sleeping bag. Suddenly the ground started to rumble in front of me. I caught a waft of stale [...]

The Light of a Silver Moon

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

One of the great things about travel is the unexpected discoveries along the way. An alluring photograph of tents overlooking the ocean near Leigh 90km north of Auckland caught my eye while searching for a place to camp on our drive to Northland. As we wind our way down the steep road to Goat Island [...]