Monday, 20 May 2019

Regent Theatre - Helensville

One of many once glorious theatres - for a long time a very unusually second hand shop with an equally eccentric owner. See Noted article

Friday, 10 May 2019

Muriwai (again)

I never get sick of going to Muriwai, it always has a new "face". I especially like it during winter with the softer light and the somewhat lighter "tourist load". I often find fellow photographers here, always worthy of one of those technical conversations.

As some one on Instagram observed "a kiwi away from the camera" :) 
iPhone6 above vrs Canon 5D4 & 16-35 4L below

Another set of newly-weds getting their photos taken here. I've seen a lot over the years and a fine opportunity to get the bottom of that desk totally grubby. 

Auckland Winter Garden - Auckland Domain

Winter Garden structures in the Auckland Domain it's of my favourite places to spend time with my camera in Auckland, any time any season.

Lonely Eucalyptus

Lonely Eucalytus at Richards farm in Dairy Flat, it must be tough as those ridges take a beating in the north-eastern gales and almost constant south-westerlies. 

Wednesday, 1 May 2019


Muriwai with a four metre swell and a strong onshore wind 30 April 2019

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Auckland Art Gallery

Always my peaceful "go to" space in the city the gallery was a welcome break from a weeks Jury service over in Albert Street aka "the road works train wreck" street.

Below Albert Street - business suicide for all the shop owners 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Bledisloe House

Originally opened in 1959 and built as I understand it by the then Ministry of Works.

I worked on level two for about 14 years through the mid 1980's to the late 1990's. Its the only building I've worked in with opening windows, in fact they were in the style of the old double hung windows.

Quite a nice building to work in with plenty of natural light, a bit warm on the west side in summer and originally the big shared public service cafe was on the top floor. These cafes were common in the days before the thousands of eating places which now occupy our cities.

Most of the time I was there the lane on the ground floor of the building was much wider and filled with mature deciduous trees which almost touched the windows. In the summer one could enjoy the shade , open windows and let the oxygen rich breeze blow in - maybe thats why I think I did some of my best work here.  One morning we came in to find in the dead of night Auckland City Council had been in and felled the lot so that the civic theatre could be extended, we were "not amused".

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Camera assistant

My lovely Camera Assistant (wife) .

Monday, 25 March 2019

Wharf at Magazine Bay

Part of an epic coastal drive between Maraetai and Miranda which includes a number of regional parks and views across the Firth of Thames.

Shell beds in the Firth of Thames - this coast seems very popular with Motor Home users. 

Wharf at Magazine Bay - just along from Maraetai 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Friday, 22 February 2019

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo ( wiki/Taupo_Volcano ) is a very large  fresh water lake in the centre ( Google Map  ) of the North Island.

Foggy morning 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Goodbye South

There are only two ways to get from the North to the South Island and that is by air, done that hundreds of times, and by sea.

Years ago there was a vehicle ferry that went from Wellington to Christchurch but now the sea link (for vehicle transport) is just Picton (in the south) to Wellington (in the north).

At its narrowest point the gap between the two islands is not especially wide but the ferry journey is over 100km (according to Mr Google). Because of the geography the winds between the two islands can be fearsome with very uncomfortable ferry crossings . Fortunately on all five of my crossings the weather gods have been smiling on me.

The exit from Queen Charlotte Sound, a sharp turn for the ferry and requiring considerable skill in the turbulent water. 

Looking back towards Picton.