arthurs pass

Towards Arthur

Six years ago we set out for our first big tour, three months in New Zealand. Our second morning riding towards the Torlesse Range and later Arthur’s pass. Great views of Castle Hill Peak with a fresh dusting of snow. Our tent had ice on it when we woke up, so a very “fresh” start to the day, though Porter’s Pass soon warmed us up.

Golden Sky

Golden Sky

By the shores of Lake Wakatipu – on the south island of New Zealand as far as you can go past Queenstown all the way past Glenorchy, do remember to stop and enjoy this wonderful part of the world – we camped up and while we cooked our dinner a very nice man came up and told us not to dive into our tent, to get away from the sand flies, but stay up and enjoy the coming sunset. He had experienced a stunning sunset the previous night and the weather forecast was looking to be the same tonight. I could bore you with 20-30 photographs of the stunning sunset we experienced, at first we were thinking that we were out of luck as the clouds were drawing in thick and fast. But then the golden colours came out in force, hitting the different layers of clouds, just stunning and changing all the time.

PhotoFriday : Season of Sun

Let your inner child out

Let your inner child out

Yes, I had help with this photograph, or rather I threw the camera at my beautiful assistant, so that I could go on the bouncing pillow. I might soon be an old Git (Oi, quiet there at the back!!), anything that I can go and bounce on, swing on or slide* on and I can’t stop my inner child.

*) Just do check the width of the slide at the bottom before you go on it. Let’s just say that I walked in pain for the rest of the day after I got wedge at the end of a long slide… 🙂

Stop Pingu

Stop Pingu

I should have uploaded this one yesterday and yesterday’s photograph should be up today. The reason we didn’t get too close to the penguins was that they are very rare. If we should be in way between the sea and their young ones, there is a very good chance that they would go and never come back. So it is good that I have a 270mm lens as you saw in yesterday’s photograph, if you look carefully you can see one to the right near the wake.

A world pootle in 2012

A world pootle in 2012

This was taken by my partner while cycle touring in New Zealand. Which we enjoyed so much that we have packed our bags and bike and is waiting for the plane to take off on the 6th of January 2012. Where we will be cycling from Ushuaia in Argentina in the general direction of New York, USA. There is also talk about Japan, New Zealand and Kathmandu and a zigzag trough Europe back.

I will try to keep this blog going with some photos from the road. To read all about our adventures click over to http://www.woollypigs.com and sign up to our newsletter.

Happy riding and snapping.

quack

Quack !

This photo was taken in New Zealand not many miles from Dunedin. On every campsite we visited there was a sign saying, do not feed the ducks. And on every campsite we had a least one couple waddling around. The Ma Quack walking in front taking the lead, with Pa Quack around two feet behind. Ma Quack was rather bossy, this one even tried to nick Peli’s ice cream. Where Pa Quack was more shy and hanged back all the time. You could clearly see who was wearing the trousers in the family Quack.

The reason for why I post this photo, is that we have a couple of Quacks here where we live. I spotted them last year waddling around on the playground. This year they are back waddling around on the garage roof and green areas. I wonder why they have pick our neck of the woods and not one of the parks or even the river near by.

The thing that stands out with this couple, is that there is no “boss” in this relationship like the ones in NZ.

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Mt. Cook was probably my highlight of our visit to New Zealand last year. Though it is rather hard to pick one place, moment that really stood out. New Zealand is just a place you have to visit, a truly stunning place! You have probably already clicked past a few pictures taken on our tour of the south island last year and there will be more to come.

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PhotoFriday : Mountainous

Little Fluffy Clouds

Little Fluffy Clouds

One on the best things about cycle touring is that you can just stop, rest and take in the views. Along with that you get to cycle on roads, paths less travelled so you get to enjoy the scenery pretty much unspoiled by yourself.

This one was taken in New Zealand on the Otago Rail Trail, out of season, miles away from towns and other roads so we were all alone for the most of the day. Just a great spot to sit and relax and take it all in, nearly a zen moment.

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my zen

My Zen

Two of my favourite ways to relax – spending hours looking at the sea or picking through stones. When I do that I blank out totally, it relaxes me, puts me to ease, no worries, chill simply put.

This photo captures “my Zen” spot on, I’m normally fairly aware of what is going on around me. Though here I didn’t have a clue that Peli was taking this photo. She even had to gently nudge me to get me to come back to the tent so that we could cook dinner.