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Birds and Four-legged Beasts

Camera Critters

This week I have photos of two different critters taken during my recent holiday in Phuket.

Kingfisher, Phuket

I think this is a type of Kingfisher. He sat very still while we kayaked around him and took lots of photos.

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We hired a tuk-tuk to go the a restaurant and watch the sunset. This was one of the elephants we saw on the way there. He’s bedded down for the night with his dinner at his feet.

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New Zealand: Queenstown.

Lupins, Queenstown

This is another shot of Queenstown and a field of lupins. It’s a very pretty place. The snow-capped mountains in the background are The Remarkables.

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New Zealand: Goat Island

Pohutukawa Tree, Goat Island Reserve

This is a shot of a pohutukawa tree, one of New Zealand’s natives. During the summer it is covered with crimson flowers. Beyond is Goat Island and the marine reserve. It’s fun to snorkel here and paddle in the water with the huge fish swimming around your legs.

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New Zealand: Christchurch.

Avon River, Christchurch

This is the river Avon that runs through central Christchurch, one of the larger cities in the South Island. Christchurch is our most “English” city and many of the names of the streets and sights are taken from England.

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New Zealand: Ruapehu.

Chateau, Mt Ruapehu

This is a shot of the Chateau, a luxury hotel nestled beneath Mt. Ruapehu in the Tongariro National Park. Mt Ruapehu is an active volcano that rumbles to life every now and then.

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New Zealand: Huka Falls.

Huka Falls, Taupo

This is Huka Falls. The water comes from Lake Taupo and becomes part of the Waikato River, New Zealands longest river.

Books that mention Taupo: Playing to Win, Never Send a Dog to do a Woman’s Job

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New Zealand: Otago.

Shoe Fence, Otago

This is a shoe fence we came across during our drive around the lower South Island. We also saw a bra fence. The locals are in two minds about these decorated fences. Some say that they cause traffic jams and are unsightly while others think they add interest to the area.

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New Zealand: Queenstown.

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

This is a view of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and the surrounding town of Queenstown. It was formerly a gold rush town. These days it’s a tourist mecca during both summer and winter. It’s a beautiful place no matter what the time of year.

Books that mention Queenstown: Assassin, Cat and Mouse

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New Zealand: Auckland

Auckland Harbor Bridge

This is Westhaven marina and the Auckland Harbor bridge that links the city of Auckland with North Auckland.

Books that mention Auckland: Playing to Win, Summer in the City of Sails

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New Zealand: Rotorua

Champagne Pool, Rotorua

This is a photo of the Champagne pool at the Waiotapu Thermal park, near Rotorua. It was difficult to photograph on the day we visited because the wind kept blowing the steam over the pool, obscuring the palette of colors.

Books that mention Rotorua: Never Send a Dog to do a Woman’s Job, Playing to Win.

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