Bridge Found

Some weeks back I went looking for a particular road bridge that I have driven over from time to time but I couldn’t remember exactly where. That day out led to this post – – where I drove down Mangakahia Rd thinking that was probably where I saw it since I go this way whenever I drive to Auckland. Much to my frustration it was not on this road, or on the way to Dargaville. It was only on the way home that I remembered where the bridge was – down near Auckland on State Highway 16, otherwise known as the Kaipara Coast Highway.

Since I was down in Auckland this past weekend I made sure I stopped and photographed this bridge on the way home.

Makarau River Bridge

Makarau River Bridge

Matakohe Kauri Museum photos

I’ve not been well this past week so since I was feeling a bit better today I worked on getting some of the photos I took on a visit to the Matakohe Kauri Museum on September 20th up on this site in the Coppermine Photo Gallery.

It was a difficult place inside the museum to take photos because of the variety of lighting. There was a mixture of incandescent, fluorescent, and daylight as you can see in some of the photos.

The museum website is at

Kauri log Steam engine for sawmill. Sawing a log.

New photos of Haruru Falls, Bay of Islands

The previous Haruru Falls photos in the Gallery were taken with my Panasonic FZ20 camera in July 2005. Since then I have a new camera but haven’t visited Haruru Falls with it until the other day when there was a nice sunny day for a change after all the very wet weather we have been having here in New Zealand. A good time to photograph waterfalls.

The photos start here These newer photos are viewable in a 1200 pixel size by clicking on the displayed photo. Enjoy.

Haruru Falls from boardwalk. Haruru Falls - full view. Haruru Falls and rainbow.

Auckland Grammar School – photos.

So I don’t update this site as often as I should….

I’ve added a few photos from my Auckland visit last December, yes, I took my time adding them. The ones I added today are of my old high school – Auckland Grammar School, Mountain Rd, Auckland.

The majestic original building looks the same but there have been a lot of new buildings added to the school since I attended way back in the 1950s.

These photos are in the Auckland album here.

Rainbow Falls in wet weather

We’ve had 7 continuous days of rain here – which is unusual for us. No, it has nothing to do with climate change, just a warm moist air stream from the tropics which has stayed around longer than normal.

That gave me the chance to revisit Rainbow Falls at Kerikeri and take some new photos of the falls in bad weather.

See some of these photos and other waterfall photos on my Flickr gallery.

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New photos from Pioneer Village

The other week Mid-North Camera Club members visited the Begonia House at the Pioneer Village in Kaikohe for a photo session before our regular monthly meeting. The day was overcast and a bit dull – a perfect opportunity for me to try out my Nikon 18-200VR lens in low light conditions, and from the photos of the begonias you can see it worked wonderfully. The softer lighting from the overcast conditions was perfect for the soft colours of the begonias.

See the flowers here – Begonia flower - red and white.

Northland Agricultural Field Day

On Saturday – 3rd March 2007 – I went to the 23rd Northland Agricultural Field Days at the Dargaville Racecourse.

I expected to see the usual trade stands and agriculture related exhibitions that are the very reason for these shows but after wandering around for a while – it was a big show, lots of walking in the hot sun – I found some things going on that made interesting photographs. The tractor pulling races, the chainsaw race, the cutting horses, and the Clydesdale team.

One attraction that I hadn’t counted on was helicopter rides out over Dargaville. I had just enough cash on me to pay for a ride so I took the opportunity and had my first helicopter ride.

Photos from the Field Days are in the Kaipara District album.

My new 18-200mm VR lens

Last Saturday I went for a drive to Whangarei, the nearest large shopping centre to me, and bought a new lens for my Nikon D50 camera – an 18-200VR. I’ve been wanting one of these ever since I got my camera last year but, well, you know, these things have to be fitted into my budget.

Anyway, although I read about how hard these lens are to find, Harvey Norman’s store in Whangarei had 2 of them so I didn’t have to order one and wait. (I did phone and check first before going there.)

I have added a few new photos in the Whangarei section of my Photo Gallery taken while I was in Whangarei – some at the Town Basin of the boats, and some at Whangarei Falls.

It would have been nice to have had this lens a couple of weeks before at the Water Gardens. I have mostly used the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera and not only the extra reach of 200mm would have been nice, but this lens is of a higher quality than the kit lens and gives sharper cleaner looking pictures although you would not notice that on the smaller web sized photos.

Wrights Watergardens

On Saturday 10th February, 2007 I went on a trip to Wrights Watergardens with members of the Mid-North, Whangarei and Dargaville Camera Clubs.

We left early in the morning for a foggy bus trip down to Auckland but as the morning progressed the fog cleared and the sun came out.

I spent about 4 hours wandering around the 7 acres of gardens, mostly set in an old rock quarry at Pukekohe, south of Auckland.

During the course of the day I took 172 photographs but I’m not putting them all on-line. Today I have added 22 photos to the gallery under Wrights Watergardens and I’ll add more soon.

Oh, and these were all taken with my Nikon D50 camera. I have just realised that I have not made a post about getting a new camera last year – well I did, went and upgraded from my Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera to an SLR camera.