Thursday 25 July 2013

Moon Over Mount Hutt

Mount Hutt, Canterbury

Praying mantis in winter.  I don't recall seeing a praying mantis in winter before. This one I found this afternoon looks rather frost bitten.  Orthodera novaezealandiae
Praying Mantis

Wednesday 24 July 2013

July Moonset

 Days are noticeably longer now.  More sunshine is falling on the Torlesse Range.
Mount Torlesse at Midday

Monday 22 July 2013

Winter Sunrise

The snowy mountains catch the early light in dramatic ways. Here is how they looked this morning.

The Rubicon Peak of Mount Torlesse

Back Peak and Otarama

This is the sky that was reflecting colour onto the mountains.

Thursday 11 July 2013

Riccarton Bush

Today I was in Christchurch and decided to have my lunch at Riccarton Bush. There is a small patch of original forest, all that remains of the native forest that covered much of Canterbury at one time. There is a path that takes the walker on a circuit of the forest.

In some places there is a boardwalk over pools and wet ground.

Reflections on water of cabbage trees in the forest

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Winter Afternoon

Folds of the Land

 On a brilliant midwinter's day that was amazingly warm I went up to the Malvern Hills, in Central Canterbury, New Zealand. The air was clean and full of birdsong.

The Malvern Hills in the foreground and the snowclad Big Ben Range beyond.

Midwinter Shadows