The DNA of Movement

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On the Auckland wharves is an area of reclaimed land which houses a
large number of huge tanks containing oil. It is known as Tank Farm.
Currently, this area is in the process of having these tanks
dismantled and the area turned into apartment living and hopefully a
public area for viewing the Auckland waterfront easily.

This photo is the side of one of these tanks which may only exist for
a few more days or weeks, as I noticed when I took the photo that
workmen are clearing the area around it. The rate of change in
Auckland is astonishing. If I see something to photograph, it is best
to do it immediately, because by the time I return with ideas on how
to take my planned photograph, the whole scene has changed.

A Brief Moment of Quiet Reflection

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I was driving between Roxburgh and Alexandra, crested a hill and saw
this scene and kind of slid the car to the side of the road in my
haste to take the photo. I was lucky that the police car behind me was
still ascending the hill, and didn’t see my slightly dangerous
manoeuvre or I may have been ticketed.

The stretch of State Highway 6 between Greymouth and Westport is
regarded as one of the world’s great drives. Lonely Planet’s Bluelist
names it in their top 10 best road trips. I agree that it is one of
the most scenic roads that I have ever driven, but scenes like this
would have me adding State Highway 8 from Dunedin to Geraldine to that
list.

Misting

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The shore of Lake Taupo. I got up early yesterday to take some early morning photos of the mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro), but there was so much fog that I almost didn’t bother going out. Closer to Taupo than where we were staying was a bit clearer, but still no sign of the mountains. Maybe next time.

Lake Taupo was formed by various volcanic eruptions. The eruption in 180, was one of the largest in the world for the last 5000 years, and the ash produced by it turned skies red as far away as China and Italy. Fortunately, NZ was uninhabited at the time.

Booking Time

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I love books and libraries. Ever since I learnt to read, I've spent much more time than I should reading books. Since I started using the internet, I read fewer books and I'd like to change that. I have a huge shelf of books waiting to be read, but when I find time to read, I'll often feel too tired to start something new. Instead, I will pick up a favourite book (I have a huge shelf of those too), and read that.

Autumn Paradise

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Almost twenty years ago, I spent two summers picking fruit in Roxburgh, Central Otago. I love Roxburgh and it is one of the places in the world that I feel most at home. Despite that, I’ve only been back a couple of times since then, the last time a few weeks ago when I spent a night there after detouring on my trip from Queenstown to Christchurch. It was the first time I had been there during autumn, and the orchards were a mass of colour.

Roxburgh is known as the “Fruit bowl of the South”, with stone fruit such as cherries, nectarines, peaches and apricots and the largest apple orchard in the Southern Hemisphere lies in Roxburgh East. I don’t know what kind of trees these are, but I think they are likely apricot trees.