Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunrise I

Our views at the moment are best situated for sunsets, but every now and then, we get an epic sunrise, too.



Monday, August 24, 2015

Sam Summers Hut

Sometime last summer, we pick a sparkling fine day to go for another nearby tramp that's super-accessible; just park along the highway along the way to Glenorchy and start walking up.

We've got one of Ethel's old bungy workmates with us, and we get to share all manner of travel and life stories as the track winds its way up to Sam Summers hut on the flanks of Mt Crichton.

Climbing up

Local flora

We're treated to fantastic views of Wakatipu, Cecil and Walter Peaks, and Lake Dispute on our way up; nothing to complain about there!

Sam Summers hut

Spartan accommodations

We do our best to keep moving, as the sandflies descend quickly whenever they sense weakness, and stillness equates to weakness in their little vampire neurons. With only a handful of steep sections, we soon find ourselves at the hut.

Murphy and Steve

The hut is the highest point on this hike, so from there, we descend quickly and are back to lower elevations before long.

Cracking little stream

Steve disappears into the abyss

The whole thing only takes a couple hours, but it's a lovely escape from our daily routine, and so close to home!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Sunset II

Another evening spent wedging myself into the open living room window.

Exhibit C

Exhibit D



Tuesday, August 11, 2015


As the seasons cycle through, I've been treated to a rotating circus of adventurers to snipe through my office window.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Tunnel Beach

Murphy and I visited some mates in Dunedin a while back, and we spent a couple hours exploring Tunnel Beach, a somewhat well-known spot that features a hearty walk down (and up). The long string of out-of-breath plodding zombies coming the other way gives us a rough idea of how much longer we have to walk down.

The wind is fairly angry on this particular day, despite the sunny skies, which makes the sea prime for some nice photo opportunities.

Oooooh colors and shapes and things

After a good long while exploring up top, we head down to sea level and find whatever there is to find down there.


I feel ya, buddy

Freshly wet

This tunnel is what gives the beach its name; it's the only way down to the beach, unless you take an unplanned tumble off the big-ass cliffs above.

One lane

Last look back


The march back up isn't quite as bad as the huffing and puffing masses made it seem to be, but it still got the ol' heart ticking. Just made our beer in Dunedin taste all that much better!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sky Beads

Front yard photography:

Sometimes it's nice to not have to wander far (or even put shoes on).


Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunset I

When the sky goes off and I'm at home, I have to be careful when I balance my wine glass on the windowsill, but even more careful when I wedge myself into the open window (ground far below) and lean out to remove as many neighborhood obstructions as possible from the camera's point of view.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B



Past Detritus