Sunset.

The humble sunset. Probably one of the most beautiful, most photographed phenomenon’s the world over. Is it possible to get sick of those ever changing mystical colours as they slowly paint the sky?

I am forever taking photos of sunsets. They are all similar yet they are all so vastly different. These were taken on the inlet by my parents house. Only in the month’s of May and September does the sun set in the perfect position for us to capture it, although it does its best the rest of the year too. IMG_4176 IMG_4179 IMG_4184 IMG_4200Do yourself a favour today. Step outside and capture your sunset.

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Warm Winter’s Day.

IMG_1475We are getting these Winter days at the moment where the temperature drops to 5 degrees Celsius at night, but hovers between 16-20 degrees during the day with not a cloud in sight. While this is spelling doom for my poor garden (hand watering in June, unheard of!) it is making for some gorgeous sunny Winter days. IMG_1507I took a little stroll yesterday around what is unremarkably called ‘Big Swamp’ in the heart of our city. To me it is more than a ‘swamp’, it is a gorgeous playground for all sorts of wildlife.  IMG_1511There are plenty of beautiful birds hopping around the mangroves and swamp grasses.  IMG_1483Amongst the greens and browns bright colours pop.IMG_1529The birds are in constant competition for these privileged spots on what I imagine was once some sort of jetty. Now the perfect spot for sunning birds. IMG_1536The scent of wattle fills the air.  IMG_1538Getting ready to dive for fish.  IMG_1539Hiding out amongst the grasses.  IMG_1549Leafless branches are the only real sign of the winter season.

Nature in Macro

Often I am so busy standing back to take photos of glorious landscapes that I miss the beauty that is right under my nose. Nature is just as amazing in macro, intricate, delicate, delightful.

_MG_8766Stones on the shore – Lake Wanaka.

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Tree bark – Lake Wanaka

_MG_8722Floating seed – Lake Wanaka.

_MG_8206Pancake rocks – New Zealand.

_MG_7685Tree trunk – Blenheim.

_MG_7651Rocks on the shore – Blenheim.

_MG_7617Lichen – Blenheim.

_MG_6766Kauri tree trunk – Coromandel.

Dancing With Fishes.

While searching through my photos for something completely unrelated, I stumbled across these. These are some of my all-time favourite photographs.

These beautiful fish are Red Emperor’s, some of the best eating fish in the world. These guys were lucky enough to live under the pontoon on Hayman Island though, which is a Marine National Park. No fishing for them. Each day when we got back to the island from working on the boats we would feed them scraps left over from the day, and they would dance like crazy for their supper.

Their vivid colours flashing through the tropical water was truly magical, one of the best parts of living on an island.

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Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monster

This is an interesting challenge over at The Daily Post: ‘When was the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone’. I guess I am jealous of people, on some level, all the time. But I don’t think it is ever an all consuming jealousy that turns my skin a pale shade of green…

Then I started looking through my photos. And I realised something. I am jealous of MYSELF, the younger me, the girl who could flit off on a holiday or move across the country at the drop of a hat. Nostalgia is a funny thing, I look back on those golden days as though they were unflawed, somehow all the tears and dramas have evaporated to leave only good memories.

Of course this is a myth, constructed by my mind. But I am grateful for it. Because I know that in ten years, I’ll look back on 2013 and be envious of the person I was then.

So these are some green themed photos of my travels, tinged with nostalgia.

_MG_6867Pigs snoozing on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

_MG_6883Abandoned shack on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASettlements on the train line – Ayutthaya to Bangkok, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAView from our hut – Koh Chang, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoliage amongst the stone – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPond choked by algae – Wat Ta Phrom, Cambodia 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden in the National Museum – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAManning the boat – Rabbit Island, Cambodia