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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!

Green bottles

No idea how these got here, whether all laid out by one person or if one person started it and others have followed.

green bottles

Don’t know how to make it a better picture: maybe mask out the bottles and turn the rest of the shot b&w. Doesn’t really work like this.

Just thought a closer crop would look better:

green bottles crop

Hmm, maybe.

Station mailboxes

Mailboxes by the side of the road for two New Zealand stations:

station mailboxes

Maruia Springs

We stopped at Maruia Springs for coffee one day: great place (and good coffee).

Shot looking down from the cafe to the bath house and accommodation:

Maruia Springs looking down

and another from there looking back up:

Maruia Springs looking up

Looks a very relaxing place.

River and hills

Panorama (six vertical shots stitched together using Microsoft ICE) of river and hills outside Hanmer Springs in New Zealand.

River and hills

Clicking on the picture goes to Flickr where there’s a 4096px wide version.

Really must get to NZ in the early spring when valleys like this will be filled with glacial meltwater.

Otira Gorge Road

On Otira Gorge Road. These are two shots Maggie took from the car going through a tunnel and looking at the overspill from the power station (I think):

Otira Gorge Road overspill from tunnel Otira Gorge Road overspill

On the other side, I got a shot of them both:

Otira Gorge Road viaduct and tunnel

and then one of the plaque:

Otira Gorge Road plaque

Stunning piece of engineering. Sure beats the old route:

Otira Gorge Road viaduct from tunnel

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.

M, self-portrait

Maggie managed to capture herself in the corner of one picture which I cropped down to just that.

M, self portrait

Red roofed shed

and a tree. Another of Maggie’s shots from the side window.

red roofed shed

Grooved rocks

No idea how this was formed: sharply grooved hill face.

grooved rocks

Another one shot by Maggie from the side window as we were driving along.

From the road

Couple of the shots that Maggie took from the car window. Her own camera battery died only a couple of days after we got to Australia. So, although it was heavy and difficult for her to manage, she decided to give my camera a try. I thought I wasn’t going to get it back. With the ability to shoot almost as soon as it is turned on and be ready for the next shot straight away, she loved using it and used it all the time from the car window. Even pinched it off me to get favourite shots outside as well. Says a lot for the balance of the camera that even someone with her problems can manage it though she could never carry it around herself.

These two were shot on the road to Arthur’s Pass. This first one shows the typical bare hills you see in NZ (overly manipulated to highlight this).

bare hills

And this one, the line of low cloud we were heading into.

cloudy ahead

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.