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NZ bridge

I don’t now if anyone has ever calculated the number of bridges per mile of road for countries but, if so, I’d bet that New Zealand is up near the top of that list. This is one of the first that we came across during this last trip to NZ. It set the tone for half of the rest of our pictures: bridge, river, trees, mountains.

NZ bridge 1

and a zoom-in on the bridge itself.

NZ bridge 2

Whoever lives in that house at the top has a hell of a climb down to their boat. Also, note the water level marks on the bridge pontoons!

River, rocks & steel

Stopped by a steel bridge on the way to Arthur’s Pass. I clambered down to the river and across the bridge to take some shots.

river and red rocks

That red moss was incredible.

bridge steelwork, river & red rocks

Hmm, think I needed to kill the vibrancy a little on this one to get realistic colours but I liked the way the deep red of the moss contrasted with the rust on the steel. I like the image.

rock swirl

I love this one, the way the curved striations around the bottom rock mirror the swirl of water above it in the river.

Mt White bridge over Waimakariri River

As the title says, this is the Mount White bridge over the Waimakariri River in New Zealand, a side excursion while we were driving to Arthur’s Pass.

Mt White bridge

While looking for links, though, I came across this 1913 photograph of the bridge showing the building of the railway line:

The Mount White bridge over the Waimakariri River near Cass

If I’d known about this pic, I would have taken my own photograph on the other side of the river.

Clifden suspension bridge

No longer in use, and cannot even walk across it, but Clifden Suspension Bridge, over the Waiau River, has the longest span of any such bridge in New Zealand.

Clifden suspension bridge - sign

See, just what I said. And this is one attempt to get as much of it in one shot. I did a couple of panoramic multi-shots but none of them worked – too much difference between the shots.

Clifden suspension bridge - span

And, from underneath, with the camera angled to get as much in as possible.

Clifden suspension bridge - beneath

It was a really great place to stop.

Shaky Bridge

Shaky Bridge is just outside Alexandra in New Zealand. While we were on the other side from where we parked, an all-female group of cyclists came across. If they’d been cycling on the tracks set in the hills, it is little surprise that they looked somewhat tired.

bridge cyclists

Just after this, we crossed back and had a glass of wine at the Shaky Bridge Vineyard Cafe. I can highly recommend this as a great place to relax and sip your Riesling.

shaky bridge vineyard cafe


On our New Zealand holiday, we only stayed one night in Alexandra, as a stop over on the way to Aoraki, and really regretted it. It is a lovely place. The drive in was through some amazing country with stunning rock formations. Then the town itself was nicely spread out and had a really relaxed feel to it. We could have happily spent several days exploring the area around there.

After we settled in at our motel, we drove up into the hills and I took the two shots below. The normal one is down into the town looking at the bridge we crossed on the way in. The second is a 12-shot panorama. It was magic up there. A cool evening standing on a high point looking out over the town on one side and hills and moorlands on the other. The best part, though, is that the hills are covered in wild thyme; the smell up there was incredible.

Alexandra detail

Alexandra panorama

I think it is obvious from these shots that I need to learn how to adjust my photographs using Photoshop rather than Lightroom, the latter is just too broad a brush.

A bridge in NZ

This picture is from our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. The original was pretty washed out looking, especially with the grey water (glacial runoff – much more exciting when you know what it is Smile) so I wanted to see what I could do to pep it up in Lightroom. It turned out better but the export to JPEG has made it a lot more vibrant. Will have to watch out for that. I didn’t go back and adjust the image again as I wanted this to serve as a reminder.