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Toyota Camry Hybrid

I like cars.  Because I like driving.  That doesn’t mean I spend a lot on them, favoring ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ movers (VW Passat, Subaru Legacy) rather than actual wolf-type cars. What this means is that some autos are more … Continue reading

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Deep into nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein. Photo taken near Glenorchy, South Island, New Zealand… somewhere along the Dart River.  Our speed boat paused just long enough for us to gaze upon scenes … Continue reading

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Para-Para-Paradise

Photo taken on the famous and ridiculously picturesque road to Milford Sound, New Zealand. I have “Paradise” by Coldplay playing in my head. When she was just a girl She expected the world But it flew away from her reach … Continue reading

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Modest home

Any place else, you wouldn’t think much of this little fixer upper.  But settled under the snow topped peaks in New Zealand, you might just take notice.

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Release the River!

Not a good day for Saruman and the Isengard home team. Just last week, I stood in the exact spot that served as the backdrop for this epic scene.  It was sheer bliss, though the burning Ent running by me … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: It changes you

Thirty hours of traveling changes you.  Not once but twice disembarking and having to walk to another airport terminal.  The delays.  Small quarters.  Sitting for that long.  Lack of sleep.  It changes you. Driving on switchbacks and feeling the urge … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: “The Prettiest City in New Zealand”

According to Jonathan Kruse, the voice on our self-drive GPS unit, Christchurch is the prettiest city in New Zealand. My observations are that there’s ample evidence that that once may very well have been true. Surely Mr. Kruse recorded his … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: Arthur’s Pass

Today, Stephanie and I drove from Fox Glacier back to Christchurch, much of which was through Arthur’s Pass, a stretch of road that winds along a valley and through mountains. Unlike all of the other alpine and forrest covered mountains … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: Ice, Ice, Baby…

First, I’m sorry for putting that song into your head. Consider the Queen/Bowie rendition (Pressure, from which Mr. Ice and friends borrowed liberally and subsequently paid the price); it’ll help. On to the point of today’s post. Steph and I … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: 10 Observations From the Road

Ten thoughts as I’ve been driving and hiking around New Zealand: 1. Self control. I have seen exactly one police officer all week. I’ve covered hundreds of kilometers on highways and byways and never have I seen anyone speeding, driving … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: Who needs Hollywood?

Here’s a photo taken in Glenorchy. Stunning, stunning place. Movie scenes filmed here: . The barn being blown up by the helicopter missiles in Wolverine. . Isengard in LOTR. We saw the exact location that served as the backdrop to … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: Queenstown

Queenstown is the vacation capitol of New Zealand. It’s also the adventure capitol of the world. Their marketing brochures say so. And I’d have to agree that there’s truth in advertising there since every billboard, television monitor and storefront in … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: Words Can’t Describe

I can’t do justice to the sights and scenes along the path from Te Anau to Milford Sound. And I can’t wait to see the images on my desktop computer and to have a go on them in Aperture and … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: Middle Earth, seriously…

It was Steph’s turn to drive. She hasn’t been behind the wheel of a car, any car, in five months but she took right to the left-side driving. Of course she’s been living in the southern hemi all that time … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: To Dunedin

The Adorian in Christchurch wasn’t much to look at but it was a place to rest your head and after something like 44 hours without any sleep, my head needed rest. After a great night of sleep, we then proceeded … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: “Sweet As” and “No Worries”

I’ve been in New Zealand all of 20 minutes, excluding the layover in Auckland which was consumed with customs and biohazard processing (they really don’t want you bringing dirt and plants in) procedures as well as scurrying from the international … Continue reading

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NZ Journal: The AC Grab in LA

Two flight down, two to go. Though I’m not geographically or chronologically half-way to New Zealand, I believe I am half-way there. Psychologically at the very least. Four flights in total to get from Boston to Christchurch and I’ve got … Continue reading

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What to bring? What to bring…?

I am (primarily) a landscape photographer and soon will be headed off to a landscape photographer’s paradise.  If you missed it, I’m going to New Zealand very soon for some hard core hiking and photographing.  So, as someone who has … Continue reading

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To New Zealand

I’ve spent more time planning a day at the local beach than I did contemplating a trip to a foreign shore some 10,000 plus miles from where I now stand. A few days ago, I hinted that fate and good … Continue reading

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