Sunday, April 21, 2019

Wharariki Beach Archway Islands New Zealand

Wharariki Beach and Archway Islands

Puponga - New Zealand

At the most northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand you have Cape Farewell and to the west you will find Wharariki Beach(top of the Kiwi's Head) A short 20min walk through Department of Conservation land (Puponga farm park) that was once owned by the Riley's. The walking track will bring you out at the top of a small sand dune with a view down the beach and the Archway Islands. Best time is at low tide and it can get very windy,  seals can be found coming ashore to rest in some of the caves along the beach, Oyster catchers black and white and black ones can be seen feeding along the waters edge with other sea birds.

Wharariki Beach walking track
High point of track, looking down Wharariki stream to beach, track runs around to the left

Sand dune over looking Archway Islands
First view of Archway Islands from dune

 Wharariki Beach New Zealand
Walk along the beach with the locals 

Archway Islands at low tide
Archway Islands, testing the water

Archway Islands - Wharariki Beach
Archway Islands

Archway Islands from cave - Wharariki beach
Archway Islands from cave
Getting there: From Collingwood follow the signs to Puponga, crossing the large single lane bridge over the Aorere river heading towards Pakawau, cross the Pakawau inlet bridge keep right and on to Puponga. If you turn left at puponga this road takes you out to Farewell Spit cafe that overlooks Farewell Spit and they make a good flat white coffee. From there its only 15- 20min to the end of the road and the start of the walk out to the beach.
Accommodation in Collingwood, we stayed at Collingwood Park Motel very clean and in town.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Red Fox on the Hunt

Red Fox hunting rodents under the snow

Watching this Red fox hunting for rodents was very interesting and entertaining  moving his head from side to side, listing to the rodents movements under the snow (about 2 feet deep) and then jumping up and nose diving into the snow and catching it. 

Fox jumping
     The Jump                           

Fox diving into the snow
The Dive

Fox and his pray
The prize

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mountain Lion at my door

Mountain Lion visit

Sunday afternoon visit from a mountain lion near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 
We get Foxes, Coyotes, elk even Moose drop in from time to time to say Hi, but this is a first considering the open ground that is around us.
Thanks to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for picking him/her up and relocating.  

Mountain Lion
Mountain lion in the shadows

Mountain lion outside the door
Not a happy kitty

Mountain lion walking passed the window
Mountain lion walking passed the window

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Water Drop Photography

Waterdrop Photography

I have started to do a little bit of splash photography in my spare time, Once you have the setup that you like, Backdrops, water value, Pluto trigger, and a flash, Camera and lens. using deferent food colors and water thickness, liquid additives like Xanthan Gum (found on Amazon) Milk, Rise aid and the list goes on.

waterdrop photography
Water drop Cocktails

This process can be very addictive, using 1 drop to start, then 2 drops to start getting the collisions going, adding a 3 drop makes things interesting.

2 drop heads, waterdrop photography
Two drop Heads
Watching the small screen on the camera to see what you getting after every shot and before you know it you have a total photo count of over 400.

Double crown, waterdrop photography
Double Crown
Editing was done in Lightroom and/or Luminar

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bald Eagles around Steamboat Springs, CO

We are lucky to live a place were you can see these eagles on a daily basis, flying over head, fishing out of the Yampa river or nearby ponds that have been stocked.

Bald Eagle,Steamboat Springs,Colorado
Doing his morning fly by

Bald Eagle Colorado

Resting after fishing

Winter time
Bald eagle, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

One of the 2 local Bald eagle that are here all year round

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chicago, Illinois

I had to spend the day in Chicago in March this year and was surprise how much I enjoyed walking around this big city, it was a windy and cold day, coffee shops were on me list of stops to warm up and watch people go about their business (people watching should be a sport) 

Downtown Chicago Illinois
Down town Chicago 
Hire bike stations seem to be everywhere 
face on the wall, Chicago
Face on Wall
Walkway under the road that ended up at the beach

Taco lined up in Downtown Chicago
Taco trucks, downtown Chicago

Something that I enjoy very much, Tacos, also check out the Tattoo show at the Field Museum  (must see) to the end of April 2017.