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Photography Workshops with the Kaipatiki Project

This year I’ve been lucky enough to start leading photography workshops. It’s a big step forward for me, but I’m always up for a challenge! Back in May the wonderful team at the Kaipatiki Project asked me if I’d like to lead a weekend course introducing people to their DSLRs and the world of nature photography. Balancing writing a photography course with my university commitments was […]

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Aotea / Great Barrier Island Highlights

At the end of August I spent a week on Aotea/Great Barrier Island as part of one of my postgraduate courses. We were there to survey vegetation in forests and wetland systems, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It wasn’t a photo-heavy trip for me, but I did enjoy the opportunities I took to get some images. Here are a few visual highlights from the […]

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Misty Kuirau

I realised the other day that I have surprisingly few photos of the place I grew up – Rotorua. It’s one of the tourist hotspots of the North Island, and yet I’ve never really photographed much there. Apart from the Redwoods. And at Wingspan. But what makes Rotorua is the geothermal activity – our writhing mud-pools, vaporous streams, and the milk-white water of Sulphur point. […]

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Golden Evenings at Okareka

Going home is the best. I’m in the middle of a frantic year of postgraduate study, and most of my time is spent fearing deadlines and not generally getting a lot of sleep. As a lot of you know, I’m doing a Post-graduate Diploma in Biosecurity and Conservation – which also counts at the first year of a two-year Master’s qualification from the University of […]

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NZ Geo Finalists!

For those of you keeping up with us on Instagram, you’ll know that both Dad and I have photos as finalists in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year awards! I’m beyond excited to have one of my photos featured alongside the amazing work of photographers I greatly admire. And for me, it’s all the more special that both of our photos were taken […]

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The best of winter

I love the photo opportunities that come with winter. Long golden hours as the sun slowly rises and sets, crisp mornings and cosy evenings curled up at home in a blanket. We haven’t had much of a winter this year though, it has been very warm. Here’s a few of my favourite memories from the past few months. Photos that prove it’s worth getting up […]

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Trip Log: Homeward Bound

52°32′24″S  169°8′42″E – 46°59’96″S 168°34’57” E We’re at sea for two days, rolling continuously. I’ve forgotten what upright is, because we only get brief snatches of it on our way to lean in the other direction. Surprisingly, I’m fine with this. It becomes soothing. The sea is endless around us. Occasionally the horizon vanishes into rain that passes in short squalls. There are seabirds everywhere, but the […]

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Trip Log: Megaherbs and Breeding Birds

52°32′24″S  169°8′42″E I forgo the hike across Campbell Island, having smashed my knee quite thoroughly on the New Year’s Eve hike, and wanting to spend more time with the Southern Royal Albatross and megaherbs on the Col Lyall boardwalk. It’s a hard decision though. I’m sorely tempted to join the hikers when they leave in the morning. Instead we cruise Perseverance Harbour, visiting Elephant Seals […]

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Trip Log: Campbell Island

52°32′24″S  169°8′42″E Around midmorning, Campbell Island appears as faded blue teeth on the horizon, snaring clouds and floating in and out of sight. I’ve slept late, photographed birds, and spent most of my morning on the bridge, enjoying the rhythmic sway of the ship. The island is a mirage that slowly resolves itself into the rugged island that stole my heart – gold-green tussock, stark […]

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Trip Log: Musgrave Inlet

50°39’S 166°10’E Bull kelp tangles the propellor of the zodiac, turning the steady hum into a choking grind. Martin, New Zealand Sea lion expert and our current zodiac driver, throws it in reverse and we muscle out of the mess, chunks of salad floating in the wake. Kelp grows fast in the long days of summer – and can increase in length by 50 centimetres every day […]