Showing posts from December, 2023

Flight Sunrise

On our way to Rarotonga , weird that it's out of order but timezones and the like, or something. (it won't be all sunrises and sunsets, promise)

Postcard From Raro

This photo is almost too good to be true, however this is straight from the camera on our first night in Rarotonga as the world displayed itself. Absolutely gorgeous ... never happened again during our stay, LOL.

2024, The Theme Is "Foundational"

My theme for the year labeled 2024 is " foundational ". I'm sure it's an age thing, maybe it's an experience thing, perhaps it's even a maturity thing, but it's time for me be a different person for the next 30 or so years. I've done the growing up years, the adventure years, and the family years, now it's time for something different. So 2024 needs to give me a different stage upon which those years can play. The foundation needs to set me up for how I want to be, who I want to be with, choices and options I want to be able to have in the future, and a solid base from which to be. What's your theme? This video was my mid-2021 inspiration for thinking in terms of themes:

We're All Off To Rarotonga

A trip to Rarotonga should be on everyone's bucket list and I was lucky enough to spend 6 days there , which tbh is about enough time unless you're all about sand baking and fish viewing. Over the coming days we're all gonna see the choicest of photos from the Rarotonga holiday - let yaself be immersed in a Cook Islands holiday. Seriously though, do go visit .

Pocket Computers Are Amazing

Our pocket computers are astounding and the quality of photos one can get with them blows my mind. Google Pixel 7 Pro f / 3.5  •  1/91  •  19.00 mm  •  ISO34

Where Was Mike?

A long running irregular quiz on Twitter (before it's collapse) was me taking a slightly off kilter photo of somewhere and asking my followers, "Where is Mike?"


Whatever you identify as. Whatever type of beer you like. Whatever sport floats your boat. Whatever clothes you like wearing. Whatever work you do. Whatever colour your skin is. Whatever your past. Whatever part of the world you live in. Whatever your origin. Whatever gods you believe in. Whatever ... I'm the same as you.

Golden Sunrise

The sunrise in Auckland was extra special on that particular day. Lahverly.

Clouds Collide

Sit back and relax into the big fluffy clouds as they slowly edge their way closer and closer to each other.

Blue Baby

An amazing time at the Palmerston North Festival Of Colour in 2023 . We were all covered in paint and coloured powder just like everyone else and when we walked into a pub full of Kiwis pretending to be Irish (for it was St Patrick's Day as well) the looks were golden.

Christmas Lights Hack

My one life hack is the cardboard Christmas tree lights non-tangle tool

Driving Into The Blue

What is the word for hills like these, the faded out, flat feeling hills? I ❤️ photos that capture hills like this which is why I'm sharing 3 today. I will buy a coffee to the first person that correctly let's me know that word as it's annoying the bejesus out of me not knowing.

Photographer At Work

My 2023 birthday celebration was one of the best. By sheer coincidence me and my housemates had birthdays within a week of each other and so the combined event brought together so many awesome people. I have, of course, a tonne of photos from that day/night and amongst my favourites is a mate, a brilliant photographer, taking a snap combined with her actual photo. Gorgeous.

What Colour Are My Eyes?

ALT text: Close-up selfie of a man looking through a magnifying glass. All the bumps, colours, creases and folds of my face are awesome, like a daily diary of all the times I've been through writ large upon my being.

Our Corner* Of The Universe

Every single dot you see with your naked eye in the night sky is a star of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Not just of our galaxy but the local area with the galaxy.  I used to think, and I've no idea which man in a pub told me this, that every dot you see in the night sky is another galaxy. I wasn't alone as I see it's a common question on Google as well. * Not sure how we can have a corner of something that is likely to be infinite, certainly expanding at an ever greater rate, and could even be curved.

The Cookie Time DC-3, I Found It

Every Kiwi that has ever been on a roadtrip up / down State Highway 1 knows about the Mangaweka Cookie Time Douglas DC-3 café. You may stopped off and had a look around inside, the kids and I certainly have. But in 2021 it was suddenly gone, what happened? Well, it seems the plane was owned by two Mangawekan (?) business people who had a falling out. One dark and stormy night one decided to ship it away without the knowledge of the other (sort of). Shifting the plane meant they had to take the wings off first and now the body lives in Shannon at 2 Ballance Street, just next to the Club Hotel / bar.  Apparently it's being restored and will go back .. it won't. The wings, well who knows where they disappeared to but I understand they're not gonna be joining the body anytime soon. A little history lesson for us all: ZK-APK was delivered to the RNZAF in August 1945, then sold to the newly-formed National Airways Corporation (NAC) in 1947 and given the name Poaka. NAC was New Ze

1976 SciFi Book Cover

The challenge you have is to come up with the title of the 1976 sci-fi book depicted by this as the cover.

Shadow Man

Waitārere Beach, 1 March 2023 at 10:25am. Edited 15 Dec 2023 at 11:am. Posted a few mins later.

Green Is The Colour ✅

Green has always been my favourite colour. It's the colour of my home country and it's wonderful deep forests.

Upside Down World

Love love a good reflection!

Blue Horn For The Pink Flower

Appropriately this flower is called Morning Glory.

Worms As Pets

I don't know if worms would make good pets but I definitely know that the free range ones would be a pain to bring in at night.

The Point Of Rugby

I think the administers of men's rugby have forgotten what the point of it all is. At a 2023 pre-season game between the Hurricane's and Crusaders (a very entertaining 19-34 game) at Levin Domain you could feel what it used to be about. The game is important, of course, maybe too important to some. It's the catalyst for the coming together, no game no point.  However the game itself isn't the reason everyone was there having fun. Nobody was 100% focussed on the game, some were more than others, and this fluctuated as the game ebbed and flowed. The general chatter, the catching up, the telling of stories, the laughter at dumb jokes, the getting your mates a pint, the kids running around, the road trips to and away from the ground, the reliving of past victories and dismal defeats, the families just pleased to be out of the house, the smell of hotdogs, the sense of tribe when your team does that thing well, the promises of same again next time as it all comes to an end. T

The Power Of Water

When there's a deluge in the hills the water's rush to the oceans means sometimes the flood gates need to be opened.

The UK 2023 'Days Of Christmas'

  M e r r y C h ri s tmas a n d H a p p y N e w Y e a r Keeping this blog's tradition  going, this is my Yuletide posting about all that you should know for Christmas. But let's just take a moment in the busy day to remember what it's all about - the people you love. I'm thinking of the people you love right now ... are you thinking of mine? Of course, it's not just about family and friends (if that's who I was thinking of) but also presents, alcohol and oodles of sitting around in front of the TV (or under the the sun you lucky Southern Hempishpereans!). If Jesus is your thing, I mean, if he's your bag, what you're into man then do the religious thing as well. Just don't get all "God" over Christmas and try to remember that it was  originally a pagan festival  around the longest day, certainly don't want you Christians foisting your ideas on people and trying to subvert the real message! Fun. that's the real message. Believe in F

No! No! No no no no no!

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Fishing Dreams

We had no idea what we were doing but we had someone who did.  It was such a great moment that I have already used this photo to highlight the concepts of confelicity  and kairos , two guiding attributes in my life.

Oasis - 'Return To Rockfield' (What's The Story) Morning Glory? 25th Anniversary

Further to the studio tour .

Mountain From The Beach

I can't remember if I posted a similar photograph (prolly), but it's amazing eh. There I am standing on Waitārere Beach looking directly north and voila, the volcanoes of the North Island are in view. They are 144km (90 miles) away! Takes around 2½ hours to drive from one to the other. I am absolutely sure I've listed this before, go on find it with the search up there and prove it.

Rockfield Studios Tour

All my growing up years in Monmouth we knew and were blase about the recording studios on the outskirts, it had been there before us and it would be there after us. It also meant it was not unusual (but not an everyday occasion) to be in a pub and to recognise people at the other end of the bar. Famously my Dad had a drinking buddy he called Bobbie. My Dad was not up with music and it took quite some time for us to realise that Bobbie = Robert Plant. Rockfield Studios , the world's first residential studios, has had so many well known artists and bands through, check out the list on Wikipedia. And so, on the weekend I visited via an official tour . As with the whole studio setup the tour is very much a family run affair as you walk around the various buildings hearing how stables are now recording studios, how that wall is the Oasis Wonderwall , that's the grass the brothers fought upon, how the Stone Roses saved the place but started in jail, the piano Yellow was written upon

The Detail Is Always Up

There's a story told by actor Bernard Hill about his Lord Of The Rings costume whilst portraying  Théoden that on the inside of his breastplate there were intricate designs and patterns that would never be seen by moviegoers; "It made me feel like a real king, something there not for the screen but for me." I find a lot of such detail in buildings is up high, hidden from everyday viewing. The little details that the architect has created because it made her smile, or the flourish in a corner that made the builder happy. Always look up . And always add your own touch to whatever you created be it the beans on toast for lunch, the code you're writing, or the month long event you're hosting. Something that if no-one else notices still makes you smile.

Tugboat Hosing

I can't recall what was so special about this tanker that the tugboat needed to do a special welcome by splurging it's hose water all over it. Fun to watch though.

Showing Off

Just because I wore a tuxedo onesie I was asked to be in the Vintage Whanganui 2023 competition.  One lined up with all these amazing people in spectacular costumes ( photos ), paraded around when it was your turn, and when the time came winners were decided by a table of judges. I didn't win. But I had a bloody good laugh.

Country Bass In Whanganui

The Vintage Weekend in Whanganui is very very cool and I'd heartily recommend it to all those with a sense of style, adventure, and fun. Music of all sort s, costumes, art, and vehicles are on show as the town centre closes to traffic. 

17 New Photo Albums: Wales

Here's the following new SEVENTEEN Wales photo albums up for those that want to have a poke around: General Coastal Wales Inland Wales Towns Llandrindod Wells Crickhowell Caernarfon Beddgelert Betws-y-Coed Llandudno Porthmadog Bishop's Castle (England) Places and Things Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber St David's Cathedral Devil's Bridge Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Conwy Castle Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Making A Bit For Freedom

There will always come times when it's your turn to pull on your big boy pants and do the thing you know you have to do. Be like this spinifex and just go for it!

There, That's Much Tidier

Waiting for everyone to move was never gonna happen so I edited out the people, blurred the background and hopefully have left the two subjects for your eyes to be caught by. The statue, Woman Of Words , is the work of New Zealand sculptor Virginia King, and is made of stainless steel and embellished with words and from Mansfield's writing. At night the statue is lit up from inside. [ source: Wikipedia ]