Aurora Australis 31-10-13

Aurora Australis 31-10-13 by mjm_nz
Aurora Australis 31-10-13, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

The beautiful colours of the Aurora Australis at Hoopers Inlet, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

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Nikon D-Photo Amateur Travel Photographer of the Year 2013

There has been a notable lack of posts here for a few months as I am currently travelling in the UK.  Of course I have my camera and laptop with me and planned to post lots of photos along the way 🙂 As if!  I have been too busy seeing the sights rather than sitting in front of the computer.  Anyway, I will be home soon (the time has flown!) and I will have lots of photos to share from my travels.

In the mean time I thought I would share some success… I have been selected as the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Travel Photographer of the Year 2013.  My image below from Toko Mouth, south of Dunedin, NZ, was awarded first place.  There were some amazing photos entered in all the categories, including travel, and so it’s a great honour to have won.  You can find more details about the winners on the D-Photo website.

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Aurora australis

I was up late on Saturday night and saw a few posts on Facebook about people out photographing the Aurora.  It was pretty cloudy, but I decided to jump in the car and go and have a look for myself.  It was pretty hard to see with the naked eye, but through the lens it looked pretty cool.  This was the first time I’d gone out to photograph an Aurora and I think I need a bit more practice, but I’m definitely hooked – it’s such a wonderful phenomenon to experience.

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The sun goes down

I went for a short drive as the sun was going down tonight and spotted the wonderful light on this tree on the side of the road.  The road doesn’t have too many spots to stop, and the vistas from those spots are very well photographed; this cabbage tree in particular has featured in many photos I’m sure. Anyway, now I have a photo of it in my collection too.

Dunedin Harbour From Above

Five on 5 – May

Today it was pouring!  My photography club had one of our monthly photowalks planned, and I have to admit that I headed off in the rain hoping that no one else would turn up.  However there were three other (fool?)hardy souls there and so we headed off for a walk along the harbour.  At first it wasn’t that bad, but then the rain really set in.  We didn’t make it very far along the walkway – just as far as the statue of the dog keeping an eye out over the harbour.  We took a few photos and decided to shelter among the trees and wait to capture a few shots of the big ship to be towed out to sea.  With that the rain really started to get heavy, so it was a brisk walk back to the stadium cafe for the usual drink and chat to end the photowalk.

Despite getting saturated, it was a fun morning and I have this month’s Five on 5 to prove it.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Up, and ANZAC Day

It’s been a while!  I’ve missed quite a few weekly photo challenges and even one of my Five on 5 monthly challenges, but I’m back and hoping to get back into regularly taking and sharing my photos.

This week’s photo for the weekly photo challenge of Up, comes from looking up at the lovely autumn trees at the Dunedin Cenotaph.  Today is ANZAC Day here in New Zealand, and also in Australia.  It’s a day when we acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who gave their lives at war, and the contribution of all who have served and are serving our country.  Services are held across the country and attended by many.  I attended one at the soldiers grave in the nearby cemetery in the morning and one at Otago University in the afternoon.  It’s a good day to remember those family members who I never met, but went off to war from our small country in the belief of the greater good.

At the University service Atatürk’s tribute was read, first in Turkish and then in English.  This is a tribute that Atatürk wrote for the ANZACs killed at Gallipoli and is written on a memorial at ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli (and on other memorials in NZ and Australia).  Hearing this tribute read, made me think of the wonderful trip to Turkey and Gallipoli I made with my brother a few years ago.  It was a sobering place to visit, but a trip that I would thoroughly recommend.

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours… you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land. They have become our sons as well.

So today I post some photos from ANZAC Day in Dunedin along with my weekly challenge photo.

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This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Up.  Follow the link to find more images inspired by the theme Up.