Open sea to the right, calm day, but look at the white water in the harbour entrance. Channels are clearly marked, and at night markers are well lit.
On Sunday when we were at Bluff I found these two boats at the wharf, near the ship Matuku (part of which you can see in the background at the far left). I just liked them; one red-and-white and the other blue-and-white. I also liked the water between them with weedy ropes under the surface.... Continue Reading →
On Patrol. Nesting black swans. There's no crossing the bridge to "their" island! The swan on the bridge patrols, marching up and down with a resounding thud, thud, thud! Maple Glen, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 15 Sept 2018
Near Bluff there's a tiny settlement called Greenhills and we took a little detour there to drive the short distance to Colyers Island. The small island is in private ownership. You soon leave the Greenhills settlement behind and then find a rural beach area with harbour views and of course, Colyers Island. Photos taken by... Continue Reading →
Marine regards the ocean, its rhythm and its rhyme, while maritime conducts its business, to be there just in time.* Part of some verse I found that explains the difference in meaning between marine and maritime. It suits this post because the photos show marine murals on old stores buildings of The New Zealand Shipping... Continue Reading →
Stewart Island (Rakiura) in the distance, viewed from Bluff Hill. Foveaux Strait is deceptively tranquil. There's a cargo ship, probably a log carrier, and some smaller boats. Taken by Liz, 14 Aug 2018.
When we were in Bluff on 14 August 2018, we drove to the carpark on Bluff Hill and walked up the spiral path to the top of the lookout area. The spiral path is brilliant! The views are fabulous from up here and you go round and round enjoying the changing scenery as you go.... Continue Reading →
A couple more photos from Stirling Point and then I move on to Bluff Harbour and its entrance. I wanted to give you an idea of the overall setting of the Bluff Township before showing you some of the interesting buildings in the town (including some attractive art deco examples). There's a regular ferry service... Continue Reading →
In the legend of Maui and the giant fish, young Maui goes fishing with his older brothers in their waka (canoe) and when he drops his magic fishhook he fishes up a great fish that becomes the North Island of New Zealand. The waka is the South Island and Stewart Island (Rakiura) is the anchor... Continue Reading →
Have you ever wondered what its like to visit 'Down Under' to New Zealand, explore the 'mainland' or South Island, and follow the highway down south to the very end? Today I'll show you what its like at Stirling Point where the highway terminates. The closest town is a tiny drive away at Bluff. I'll... Continue Reading →
Very cool photos. I was intrigued by these icy illusions, each posted on their respective blogs quite recently. The first photo is taken by Steve Schwartzman from Austin (Texas, USA) and the second photo is taken by Ellen Jennings from the South Carolina Lowcountry, USA. ** Click on either photo to enlarge ** No flowers, buds,... Continue Reading →