Anne and I are on a brief trip to Northland for me to conduct a wedding. It means that the NZ Blackcaps cricket team are going to have to do the thing against Australia without me cheering on in front of the TV! But it is beautiful up here. We have stayed at Snells Beach and now have two nights at Omaha…a glorious spot by the sea amidst rather palatial houses (mostly empty!). The wedding is in a beautiful grove surrounded on three sides by the sea.
We head further north on Sunday for two nights to some of my favourite places. So exciting!
Here is one beach, Pariki…a lovely space with wonderful hillsides.
The photo is the area where three of our churches walked out around $85,000 of supermarket vouchers to severely affected people in Christchurch. It is stunning to see what has happened. Hopefully all the affected people have found a new and better space in which to live. I know one family for whom the relocation has been successful albeit slow and at times massively disruptive.
My friend and collaborator Bernard Thornton has written the following poem in response to one of my recent Hanmer Springs images… Here it is:
Her bangles, thrown down
You have reduced the landscape
to dark blue and ebony,
where purple whispers as she
scatters her golden bangles on me.
Making this shot all about her and
the difference she wrought in me.
New peaks of possibility,
fresh-pointed, the way blue
looks when it’s just cleared
black by the skin of its teeth,
and lovely, carries still
remnants of its sorrow.
the clouds were amazing up there
giant sentinels watching
catching the last light
a late afternoon reminder of the fact
that they will be there tomorrow
and for many more tomorrows
than you the passing traveler
with your fancy camera
and the attitude that you can
somehow capture them
I spent a lot of time on my stomach waiting for the clouds to shift to make the right space
Mid-January in Golden Bay and yesterday at Castle Hill – two wonderful settings… more to come
Hanmer Springs on a hot summer’s night and a photographer in a mood
Hanmer Springs night images