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I’ve been back from New Zealand for almost three weeks now and my arms still itch!  It was late at night and Josh and I were out in the front yard photographing the stars.  There was little light in New Zealand countryside and the air was clear making the view of the milky way galaxy [...]

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Here I had been on an Island for over a week now and had hardly seen the ocean.  Raglan was a quaint town on the west shore along an inlet from the ocean. It was about a 45 min. drive to get there.  Our first stop when we got into town was a small sushi [...]

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The small Cottage we stayed at in Christchurch swayed all night to the strong winds that blew through the night.  The city was receiving record rain, which thanks to the earthquake that took out much of it’s sewer lines and lowered the city (so I’m told), they were ill prepared to deal with.  Flooding was [...]

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We were well into our way up to the Haas pass when the attack occurred. I had been told nothing in the New Zealand bush could hurt you, but we learned differently after pulling off to shoot some photographs.  My nephew left the window down – big mistake!  Even though we were only out of [...]

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One of the interesting things about New Zealand is they seem to roll up the sidewalks and turn out the lights about 5:00 in the evening so you have to be prepared.  We planned to follow the road across the Haas pass to get back over the the east side of the mountain range.  Because [...]

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It may well be the only two-lane bridge on all of the south island.  The cement structure looked quite huge from our viewpoint and crossed  the entire ravine below.   We were distracted by three green parrots hanging around the small parking lot.  I was told they were infamous for  pulling the rubber around your car [...]

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The darkness of the early morning was gone by the time we started into the mountains revealing a light dusting of snow from the overnight storm.  We had been up since 5:00 and had been on the road for a good hour and a half.  We found a layer of fog as we rounded a [...]

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On the way to Akaroa we stopped at a pull off so I could shoot some photographs of the ocean inlet from an old dock I could see from the road.  After making some images we got back into the car to press on.  As I pulled out onto the highway I found Josh getting [...]

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It had been three years since downtown Christchurch was essentially destroyed by a 7.3 earthquake and unfortunately evidence of the damage is still prevalent.  Structures with walls and roofs missing stood in evidence that all is not well in paradise.  Houses hung over the edge of cliffs where sides of hills collapsed.   Josh and his [...]

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Nobody told me I had to have a visa to get through Australia!  After all I was only changing planes in Sydney and New Zealand did not require one.   Of course I find this out at the Los Angeles airport when I went to check in.  Fortunately it could be done over the internet and [...]

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Welcome to My Adventure.

(This is the beginning of a series of thoughts and observations I noted during my recent trip to New Zealand.  I hope you will stay tuned as I write about the trip I’ve wanted to take since I can remember.  I’ll share photographs that I made along the way even if they don’t relate to [...]

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The Dream

I can’t remember where it came from, the dream I mean.  I just remember for years telling people I wanted to go trout fishing in New Zealand.  Crazy idea, I mean, when I think of New Zealand I think of Maoris,  beaches, beautiful vistas, and no snakes.  Just as the dream of trout fishing in [...]

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Treasures of the Future

“What do you mean she wrote funny stuff about me?”  My sister waked in the door yesterday with a letter she found.  It was written by my mother to my dad’s mother.  The letter was written in 1970.  My father was serving in Vietnam and mother had just returned from Hawaii where she vacationed with [...]

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The Rest of the Story.

I took my seat next to the young lady I photographed for the Adoption Exchange.  It was the opening night of the Heart Gallery and I was excited to officially present her with an 8×10 portrait that matched the larger one in the Gallery.  Grinning from ear to ear, she was giddy with excitement and [...]

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The Spider and the Fly.

I have no love for spiders with one possible exception; the jumping spider.  If you don’ t look too close they are kind of cute and I haven’t seen them make webs although I’ve never researched to see it they do.  This afternoon I was sitting at the table doing some work.  I could hear [...]

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The Hear Gallery.

I can’t imagine what it would be like not having my parents when I was growing up.  Aside from raising me and providing for my needs, they were the rock on which my life is built, the very foundation of my life.  When I was looking for a way to give back through my Utah [...]

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An Afternoon Adventure

My daughter announced to me one day last week that she was going on an adventure.  We had rented a movie the evening before and I was offering to watch it with her.  That was fine, but she let me know it wasn’t going to happen until after she returned from her adventure (A hike [...]

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The Miracle of Santa Claus

If there is one thing I look forward to every Christmas, it’s sitting down and watching Miracle on 34th Street.  It’s probably the best story written about our most popular of Christmas traditions, Santa Claus.  What a wondrous tradition to mark the celebration of gift giving brought about by the birth of the greatest gift [...]

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All Too Real?

Last night I found myself at a good friend’s house getting a demonstration of the new LED technology on his 60″ HD TV.  I was watching James Bond chase a guy on a crane used for construction.  The bad guy jumped from one crane to another.  Unbelievable!  On the high definition screen it literally gave [...]

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Life is a Celebration

We have a new prince in the royal family!  It seems like trivial news in these days of wars and rumors of wars, political scandal, and tragedies, etc.  But it is nice to have some good news now and then and there are times I wish we had more.  I guess what makes the news [...]

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