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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 […]

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The Sea lions of Sandy Bay

50° 31’S 166° 17’E We’re back on Enderby Island for the afternoon, as the weather is preventing us from landing at Ranui Cove, the site of the old Coastwatchers hut. I don’t mind. In fact, I’m overjoyed at the prospect of spending some time with the Sea lion colony that I had neglected to visit yesterday! New Zealand Sea lions are some of the most endangered […]

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Trip Log: Hardwicke – The Enderby Settlement

50° 53′ S 166° 21′ E Hardwicke – the Enderby Settlement – lasted for just over two years from December 1849 until May 1852. Envisaged as a thriving centre for whaling in the Southern Ocean, the dream of Charles Enderby turned into a nightmare that his idealism rendered him blind to. The climate of Auckland Island proved too harsh for agriculture, and whales were scarce. Food […]

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Trip Log: Enderby Island

50° 31’S 166° 17’E Enderby and excitement go together. It was a treasure to spend Christmas day here, and now we’re back for another go. I can’t wait to show Dad this beautiful island, walk along the clifftops and through the twisted rata forest. I also can’t wait to take more photographs! Today is bright and warm, the sky a scattering of white and black clouds […]

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Shared Adventures. Precious Memories.

Being mired in the demands of exams, Edin invited me to author a guest post for her blog this week. It is an opportunity I am privileged to accept as the chance to share some our adventures reminds me of the joy we have experienced together. Adventures are fun and feed the soul but shared adventures are a step beyond and feed the heart as […]