This one is for the Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge
Second entry for this week’s photo challenge.
The day started off upbeat with a lovely drive from Dunedin to Christchurch via Hampden to visit the Moeraki Boulders along the way.
But the mood changed upon arriving in Christchurch.
First, I was taken aback by the extent of the destruction still evident nearly four years after the February 2011 earthquake.
But as the Captain and I wandered Christchurch, and spent some time with a friend there, I began to see a city in transition…..
…a city rebuilding…
…and welcoming new residents like my friend and fellow sailor, Dr Charlotte Daker, who recently relocated to Christchurch after sailing to New Zealand from Ecuador and LOVES it here.
I was invigorated by the rebirth of this city and learned that while Christchurch will never forget the past, it is looking to the future.
Christchurch is a place to be.
We were sad to leave Queenstown before the ‘Running of the Wools’ over the Waitangi Holiday Weekend,…
….but with so many other places to visit, we were off to Milford with a one night stop over in Lake Te Anau.
The drive to Milford offers truly spectacular views, but the 360 days of rain, combined with my nascent photography skills, resulted in less than optimum images.
(The predominance of photos that did turn out seemed suitable for Cee’s Which Way, so I submit them here for that challenge.)
Along our way, we had our first go on a New Zealand ‘Walkwire’ on the Earl Mountain Track. Very cool.
Once inside Milford Sound, we took a walk on the Foreshore Track which must be amazing to see without cloud cover.
In the evening, we opted to camp at The Milford Sound Lodge rather than the DOC campsites outside of the Homer Tunnel given its proximity to The Sound and the plethora of indoor offerings (Showers, WiFi, Lounge Area, Cafe) to make camping more pleasant during the frequent, heavy rains. Totally worth it.
After a rain-filled night spent comfortably inside our cozy Honda Odyssey, we checked the forecasts which predicted more rain, so we decided to head to Bluff via Invercargill, visiting The Chasm on the way out of town.
(Early morning before the swarm of tourist buses show up is the best time to visit The Chasm.)
Upon our arrival in Bluff, we decided to stay long enough to take a few photographs…
…and then continued on.
Next up…. The South Coast to Dunedin
I am pleased to announce that my photo of Peter’s Pool was among the January 2015 winners of the Arts Council England sponsored On Your Doorstep project.