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I went to the subantarctic islands of New Zealand a few years ago. I also went to Macquarie Island, which is an Australian Island – halfway to Antarctica from the bottom of New Zealand – and there it rains something like 320 days in the year. The scientists that do their lonely tours of duty at Macquarie make some pretty sweet home  brew too :D

In fact that’s where I was this time 4 years ago. I had Xmas day at the Chatham Islands, and it was a pretty crazy experience. Excellent kai, as we had blue cod straight from Waitangi Harbour, and the crays were epic.

Perhaps more on that, some other time.

Anyhow, I’ve been going through and scanning some of these old slides that I shot there, these are mostly from Macquarie. They’re really the first go I’d had at photography, and what made me think I should get my own DSLR. Lemme know what you reckon. My favourites from this lot are the yellow-eyed penguin peeking through the branches, and the king penguins in the first shot, and the one from the Bounties.

If you click on the photo of the penguins below, it’ll open up a slideshow from my Flickr set.

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I went for a bit of a wander around Otari Wilton’s Bush this afternoon, lovely day. I’ve been there a few times before with my camera, and they have some amazing gardens of native plants. they have a sub-Antarctic garden, alpine gardens and heaps of stuff like manuka, native lily, cabbage tree and hebes. Not to mention the rimu, totara and kohekohe.   Over 1400 native species are in there they reckon. And pretty much in the middle of Wellington, down the road from Zealandia – or Karori Wildlife Sanctuary – which has a fence to keep the predators out, and is home to many of our native birds.

I got a few shots of some plants, and here they are below. I’m pretty stoked with a couple, lemme know what you reckon. There’s more photos in the gallery at the end of the post than there are right here, too – if that makes any sense..  :D

Flax flower.

Otari wilton's bush.

Wadestown somewhere.

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