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St. Clair Beach

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This post is a different from what I’ve been doing…

In March, 2013, we spent a long weekend around Dunedin, which is one of our favorite cities in New Zealand. Dunedin is a city by the sea that’s built on the hills. We had been to Dunedin a few months earlier, mostly spending a long weekend on the Otago Peninsula hiking, bird watching and watching the New Zealand sea lions and fur seals on the beaches. During this second trip, we spent a part of a day on Tunnel Beach and then spent the night in the St. Clair Beach neighborhood of Dunedin. The second day, the weather was much more overcast and rainy, and lent itself to quietly walking around and enjoying the city.

St. Clair Beach is a pleasant neighborhood that sits on the southern side of Dunedin, along the Pacific Ocean. At sometime during our New Zealand stay and looking at things to do in Dunedin, a photograph of St. Clair Beach caught my eye. Like many of the photographic opportunities that I pursue, this was a site that I really wanted to find if I could. It turns out that finding the specific location in this case was pretty easy. (Someday, I’ll write a story about a much more difficult opportunity that took me years to find – stay tuned.) All we had to do was walk down to the beach from the neighborhood and scout about for a wee bit – and there it was.

In the gallery that follows, there’s really only a single subject – an abandoned pier (pilings) in the water. It’s fun to work with these types of situations and get all that you can out of them. In photographic parlance, we “work” a scene or situation to extract a variety of photographs from the one scene and moment. In this gallery, in addition to several different photographs, I’ve also treated some of the same photographs in different ways. One photograph of the scene is in color, a second version is converted to black & white, and finally the black & white version is converted to sepia. As you can guess, then, this particular gallery might be sort of monotonous – or is it?

As you view this gallery, I’d suggest that you be aware of how these very similar photographs make you feel, how the different treatments change the mood of the photograph and of the photograph’s viewer – you.

I hope that you enjoy this different presentation – full screen if you can and want!

43 N MSN signing off…

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Moeraki Boulders

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a month since my last post.  Time flies when you’re having fun in Australia.



On the big trip around New Zealand in January, one of our first significant stops were the famous Moeraki Boulders, a few kilometers north of Dunedin on the South Island’s east coast. The Moeraki Boulders aren’t exactly spectacular like a lot of New Zealand’s mountain scenery, but they’re still awe-inspiring in their own way. These boulders (and other similar boulders around the world) are concretions that were formed when minerals (calcite) seeped into the interstitial spaces between mud and sand grains and “hardened.” Don’t ask me exactly why these minerals hardened; similarly, don’t ask me why these concretions are so nicely spherical in shape. Just chalk it up to some of the wonderful geological mysteries of Nature.  (Yes, I know that I’m a guy and that I’m supposed to know everything, but let’s just leave it at that.) I’m not going to write a whole lot this time and just leave you to enjoy the gallery at your own pace.


46 S EnZed signing off…

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A few weeks ago, we finally made it to the nearest big city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula.  As usual, the weather was alternately windy, sunny, rainy and grey.  We had been looking forward to visiting Dunedin as it was our first choice of a place to temporarily live in New Zealand, based on a visit our friends Marian and Eric made here several years ago.  But, it also seems that there are a lot of people who would like to live in Dunedin, so it didn’t come to fruition for us.



Dunedin is a more cosmopolitan city than Invercargill, but that’s expected.  Invercargill is a smaller and more agricultural city.  Dunedin also has the oldest university in New Zealand – University of Otago.  I’ve been trying to encourage the older son to study there for a semester, but I don’t think that it’s going to happen while we’re here.  And, Dunedin is nestled amongst the hills and harbor and has a more three-dimensional feeling to it.   But, some of those hills are pretty steep.  In fact, Dunedin boasts the steepest street in the world – Baldwin Street – which we walked up & down and drove up & down (driving was much more fun).  The main reason that we did visit Dunedin was because it was raining on the Otago Peninsula.  🙂



Most of our time was spent on the Otago Peninsula, which bills itself, along with Dunedin, as New Zealand’s ecotourism capitol.  Getting around the Otago Peninsula is slow – the roads are narrow and winding.  But, that’s OK because the views were spectacular!  We drove on the harbor side coast rode through Portobello a few times, and up and over Highcliff Road which sort over crosses on the central spine of the Otago Peninsula.  At the tip of the Otago Peninsula, Tairoa Head, we visited the Royal Albatross Centre.  But, our favorite places to visit on the Otago Peninsula were Sandfly Bay (twice) and Allan’s Beach.  Why?  First, the kids could run around to their hearts content, dig in the sand and enjoy a bit of the surf (even if the water is a bit chilly).  Second, we were able to see yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho) returning to their nests (keep your distance!), and there were Hooker’s Sea Lions (whakahao) basking on the beach and even a New Zealand Fur Seal (kekeno) enjoying the rocks.  In spite of his ugly teeth and terrible hygiene, the old bull sea lion was the highlight of my weekend…



As usual, enjoy the galleries!



46 S EnZed signing off…







New Zealand Fur Seal




Hooker’s Sea Lions


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