Friday, March 4, 2011

Images From New Zealand

It's not difficult to take a nice photograph in New Zealand - everything is beautiful and dramatic, or quaint and lovely.  I managed to take over 4,000 photos - of course, many of those were trying different aperatures, shutter speeds, or just different perspectives.  Imagine hundreds of images of beautiful flowers, whimsical Bed and Breakfasts, stormy seas, art festivals and interesting people, unusal sea birds, miles of pastures and mountains...well, anyway - you get the idea.  Here are a few:

Abel Tasman National Park - Bay at Trail Head
Located next to this Bay is a wonderful little eclectic cafe where I found a beer I actually liked - Tui Beer.  I haven't been able to find it in Iowa...

'Percy' the Black-Billed Gull (Larus bulleri) was quite tame and perched on our kayaks for awhile.  Black-billed Gulls are the most threatened of our gull species and are only found in New Zealand.

Some folks find love throughout this long journey....
Pathway to Franz Josef Glacier.
My camera appreciated the red coat and cap.  :)

Rough seas and stormy skies - along the West Coast Bluffs north of Point Elizabeth. 

Kayaking in dense fog in Milford Sound - Fiordland National Park.

This seal pup is actually very far away and down a cliff - but he could see me and was very curious about what I was doing!
I took this for Patty T-B.  :)

It's always a treat to paddle with seals in their natural environment.

Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) is the third largest penguin in the world and found only in certain parts of New Zealand.  New Zealand has no native land animals - and many of the birds grew large and flightless over time because they had no need to escape from predators.  Introduced species have resulted in the rapid decline, or in some cases extinction, of many of the native birds and plants. 

This adult penguin had just emerged from the sea to feed her chick who was waiting in the cliffs (photo was taken with a 400mm telephoto lens).

Kayaking to Taiaroa Head at the end of Otago Peninsula - I would have taken some more interesting photos of the sea and swells once I was past the Point, but if I had stopped paddling I would have drowned!

Fox Glacier - it's BLUE, as is the melting ice and water creating beautiful cyan-blue lakes and rivers.

Curious Little Sheep. 
I especially liked the sheep.

Lake Wakatipu - Queenstown, New Zealand 
This ski town reminded me of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

And finally - Why DID the chicken cross the road...?


John Pearson said...

Congratulations on getting there and back again!

rocksandfeathers said...

I can't wait to see your photos and compare notes - safe travel, my friend.

ljohn50014 said...

Hey Diane,
Great shots.... l love the sheep too! So glad you're back safe and sound. Can't wait to hear the stories!

rocksandfeathers said...

Thanks Linda. We'll have lots of opportunity for interesting photos in Montana! I look forward to learning more of your portrait talents.

Patty T-B said...

thanks for the dedicated seal shot! but I'm most partial to sheep! looks like a great the lake w/rocks.