Category: phoneography

Windmill in the outback

A silent sentinel of the past

A structure with a beauty of its very own…. These structures were to be seen everywhere on our recent trip to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.  This windmill was abandoned but once upon a time it was a vibrant, useful and necessary structure in the outback, providing a valuable water source to a dry, arid land. I love that although…

Textures in a succulent

A curly-wurly succulent

The texture and beauty in a succulent… We consume photos through our eyes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a tactile element, too. I love the curly-wurly texture of this succulent, submitted for this week’s photo challenge. Although I’m not sure curly-wurly is a real description of anything, I just like the way it rolls off the tongue and it does…

Unusual photo of a child made into a sketch

It’s nice, it’s different, it’s unusual

It’s nice, it’s different, it’s unusual… I’ve been a fan of Lignum Draco and his amazing photographs for quite some time now and this week he asks us to experiment with something unusual. This photo is unusual for me in a few ways.  I rarely photographs people, and if I do, I rarely share them, unless it’s my family! I took this…

Whitest Sand

Wordless Wednesday – 17 May 2017

It’s Wordless Wednesday! Enjoy your Wednesday – wherever you are in the world. This is our favourite beach, where the bush meets the sea and it just happens to have the whitest sand in the world! Do you know where this beach is?  Leave me a comment to tell me know where you think it is. (I’ve given you a clue!) Debbie 🙂…

Travel Blog: New Zealand #9 – Around Dunedin

Dunedin After finishing our cycling tour on the Otago Rail Trail we had two days planned in and around Dunedin.  It was a wet cold day as we walked the few steps from our Chapel Apartments to collect the hire car (how handy was that?).  We asked the guys at the desk for their suggestions on what we should see…

Travel Blog: New Zealand #8 – Hyde to Middlemarch (final day of cycling)

Final day of cycling (day 5): Hyde to Middlemarch – 15 November 2016 It poured with rain overnight but the morning dawned cold with heavily overcast skies. We set out after breakfast for the final 30km hoping the rain would hold off and it did! The open Strath Taieri plain was flat riding with green farming land along the way.…

Travel Blog: New Zealand #7 – Wedderburn to Hyde

Cycling day 4: Wedderburn to Hyde – 14 November 2016 This was another big day starting off with an earthquake in New Zealand’s South Island just after midnight. I can’t say I felt the earth move but I do remember waking and thinking someone was walking around the cottage as there was a real rattle going on. I thought nothing…

Travel Blog: New Zealand #6 – Omakau to Wedderburn 

Cycling day 3:  Omakau to Wedderburn – 13 November 2016 This was a big day in lots of ways! 42 kms of riding, tunnels, bridges, a variety of scenery, ups and downs, hard surfaces and a long hill. The afternoon was booked up with a session of Curling at the Maniototo International Curling Rink, so we were also on a…

Travel Blog: New Zealand #5 – Alexandra to Omakau 

Cycling day 2: Alexandra to Omakau – 12 November 2016 We woke to quite dark skies and heavy rain overnight but everyone keeps telling us that it doesn’t rain very much in this area. It’s looking very green everywhere so it’s been quite a wet season so far. Apparently the average rainfall is only 300mls a year! We managed to…

Travel Blog: New Zealand #4 – cycling tour gets underway 

Cycling tourism The Central Otago Rail Trail on New Zealand’s South Island, has been on our to-do list for quite some time now. It’s simply a disused rail corridor which has been turned into a trail for cyclists and  walkers. The land was owned by the railways, so years later after the trains had stopped running,  a plan was made…

Travel blog – New Zealand #2

Day 2: Queenstown, Crown Summit, Cardrona, Bradrona, Wanaka, Glendhu, Puzzleworld, Cromwell The day started out a bit overcast with rain overnight, but it turned into a magnificent day of warm sunshine and blue skies. I managed a brief morning walk and captured some fishermen preparing for their catch of the day. Lake Wakatipu looked a bit brooding again this morning.…