Dusk and day at Coledale in the Illawarra, NSW.

Stunning, if fleeting, colour and drama at Coledale, in the Illawarra region of NSW.

Coledale 2AM-002791
©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Aerial (drone) photo of wave wrapping around rocks.

Coledale 2AM-000161
©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Freedom and playtime on the beach.

Coledale 2AM-007447
©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Coledale 2AM-007450
©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Another splendid summer day at Coledale Beach.

Coledale Beach 2AM-009728
©Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

Cheers 🙂

Days 9-11: Makarora and Fox Glacier etc, New Zealand – December 2015.

 

Day 9-11. Makarora and Fox Glacier etc, South Island – New Zealand.

Onwards…
More from Otago, plus some from West Coast.  As is the case with all holidays, the end comes too soon.

This last post includes images from Blue Pools on the Makarora River, the Whataroa River, Fox Glacier, and Lake Hawea (near The Neck).

Dusk settles over the Southern Alps at Makarora.

Makarora 2AM-000934. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora 2AM-000934.
©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000931. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000931.
©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000930. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora River 2AM-000930.
©Andrew McInnes

 

The stunning, and frigid, Blue Pools.

Blue Pools - Makarora River 2AM-000916. ©Andrew McInnes

Blue Pools – Makarora River 2AM-000916.
©Andrew McInnes

Blue Pools - Makarora River 2AM-000914. ©Andrew McInnes

Blue Pools – Makarora River 2AM-000914.
©Andrew McInnes

 

Happy hour 🙂
Cold beers and conversation in and alongside the Makarora River.

Makarora 2AM-000539. ©Andrew McInnes

Makarora 2AM-000539.
©Andrew McInnes

 

A Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), in the honeyeater family, foraging on New Zealand flax (Phormium sp.).

Tui 2AM-004945. ©Andrew McInnes

Tui 2AM-004945.
©Andrew McInnes

 

Dawn over the Southern Alps at Fox Glacier – includes Aoraki / Mount Cook.

Fox Glacier 2AM 1002-4 HDR. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM 1002-4 HDR.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000957. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000957. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000981. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000981.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000988. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000988.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000993. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000993.
©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000995. ©Andrew McInnes

Fox Glacier 2AM-000995.
©Andrew McInnes

The Neck 2AM-000537 iPhone panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

The Neck 2AM-000537 iPhone panorama.
©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM 1024-1029 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM 1024-1029 panorama.
©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM-001017. ©Andrew McInnes

Whataroa River 2AM-001017.
©Andrew McInnes

 

I hope you enjoyed this and the previous posts of my images from a fantastic holiday in New Zealand.

Cheers 🙂

Day 7: The Catlins, New Zealand – December 2015.

Day 7 – The spectacular Catlins area, South Island – New Zealand.

Spectacular, diverse, ever-changing – we drove through beautiful rural scenes, along a rugged coast, saw a few more yellow-eyed penguins, sea lions, a couple of lighthouses, and low tide allowed us to walk among a 180 million year old petrified Jurassic forest – one of only three such accessible fossil forests in the world! All this and so much more we couldn’t fit in 😦

Nugget Point Lighthouse, built in 1869-70. A place of spectacular views, many rocky islets (The Nuggets), and much wildlife.

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM 0739-0744 Panorama_edit

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-0379-0744 panorama. ©Andrew McInnes

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-000749

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-000749. ©Andrew McInnes

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-000754

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-000754. ©Andrew McInnes

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-000775

Nugget Point Lighthouse 2AM-000775. ©Andrew McInnes

 

To be able to view, and even walk among a petrified forest in the intertidal zone at low tide was remarkable. There are both stumps and fallen trees, petrified, with some growth rings plainly visible. This is but a sampling of the numerous specimens at Curio Bay.
Curio Bay is of international significance for its fossilised forest dating back to the Jurassic period. The tree fossils you see here are 160 million years old and the forest was alive when New Zealand was part of Gondwanaland. (source: The Catlins New Zealand website).

Petrified Forest - Curio Bay 2AM-000635

Petrified Forest – Curio Bay 2AM-000635. ©Andrew McInnes

Petrified Forest - Curio Bay 2AM-000631

Petrified Forest – Curio Bay 2AM-000631. ©Andrew McInnes

Petrified Forest - Curio Bay 2AM-000634

Petrified Forest – Curio Bay 2AM-000634. ©Andrew McInnes

Petrified Forest - Curio Bay 2AM-000665

Petrified Forest – Curio Bay 2AM-000665. ©Andrew McInnes

Petrified Forest - Curio Bay 2AM-000656

Petrified Forest – Curio Bay 2AM-000656. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Four images of the Waipapa Point Lighthouse. This is the site of New Zealand’s worst civilian shipwreck. In 1881 the SS Tararua ran aground on Waipapa Reef and 131 of 151 passengers and crew died. The lighthouse, built after the disaster, stands as a poignant reminder. (source: Southern Scenic Route website).

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000600

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000600. ©Andrew McInnes

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000611

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000611. ©Andrew McInnes

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000622

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000622. ©Andrew McInnes

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000616

Waipapa Point Lighthouse 2AM-000616. ©Andrew McInnes

 

I hope you enjoyed these images from a fascinating region of New Zealand.

Cheers 🙂

Days 5 and 6: Moeraki and Dunedin, New Zealand – December 2015.

Days 5 and 6 – Moeraki and Dunedin.

Just outside the coastal town of Moeraki there are numerous large concretions, exposed and highly visible, lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. I thoroughly recommend reading more about them (here is a Wikipedia link).

Here are a series of images captured during our brief visit.

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000526

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000526. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000500

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000500. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000496

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000496. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000517

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000517. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000533

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000533. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000549

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000549. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000538

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000538. ©Andrew McInnes

 

After a thoroughly enjoyable dinner washed down with a local amber ale at the Moeraki Tavern, I took these shots of the nearby harbour. We had hoped to also eat at the famed Fleurs Place restaurant another night but, alas, it was closed for a while over the Christmas break.

Fleurs Place - Restaurant 2AM-000598

Fleurs Place – Restaurant 2AM-000598. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki 2AM-000599

Moeraki Bay 2AM-000599. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki 2AM-000593

Moeraki Bay 2AM-000593. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki 2AM-000595

Moeraki Bay 2AM-000595. ©Andrew McInnes

 

A little further south is the city of Dunedin, where I have family heritage. We had a joyous visit with a cousin and her family, and she accompanied us on a lovely hike to see the Organ Pipes. “The Otago peninsula was formed entirely by volcanic activity and the tall polygonal columns featured on this walk are remnants of this past. As molten lava cooled slowly beneath the hardened crust, it contracted and formed geometrical cracks which propagated downwards as the mass cooled.” (source: NZ Tramper website).

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000567

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000567. ©Andrew McInnes

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000576

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000576. ©Andrew McInnes

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000577

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000577. ©Andrew McInnes

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000578

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000578. ©Andrew McInnes

 

After the organ pipes we wanted to visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross so we ventured out to Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula. Unfortunately we did not see any albatross, but there was a rather active colony of gulls. Whilst wandering along an observation path, we heard, then saw, quite an aerial commotion… upon further observation we saw a Black-backed Gull being harassed by several smaller gulls – the larger gull had apparently “kidnapped” a chick and was heading off with it. For those who may be a bit squeamish about natural history, the following two images may concern you.

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004861

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004861. ©Andrew McInnes

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004882

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004882. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Looking down the steep cliffs of Taiaroa Head I was entranced by bull kelp (Durvillaea species) as it seemingly twirled and shimmied in a whimsical tango with the ocean.
Rimurapa - Bull Kelp 2AM-004857

 

Overlooking the spit within Otago Harbour – our lunch spot on our way back to Moeraki.

Harrington Point 2AM-000580

Harrington Point 2AM-000580. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Back to Mouraki, we were thrilled and fortunate to observe, up close, a few Yellow-eyed Penguins (Megadyptes antipodes)! These New Zealand endemics (native) are purported to be among the worlds rarest penguin species.

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004739

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004739. ©Andrew McInnes

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004780

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004780. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoyed these images.
Cheers 🙂

Thunder and lightning – Wombarra and Austinmer, NSW.

Last week (early December, 2015) we witnessed a wonderful series of lightning storms in the northern Illawarra area of New South Wales, Australia. Surrounded, but not underneath any particular cell, the light and drama at Austinmer and Wombarra was spectacular!

Here is a panorama of one of the lightning storm cells bathing Austinmer Beach in amazing light.

Austinmer 2AM 9850-9852 Panorama

Austinmer 2AM 9850-9852 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

 

Stormy light over the Pacific, incorporating a little of Keswick House.

Keswick House 2AM 9854-9856 HDR © Andrew McInnes

 

Just a little further north is the village of Wombarra, from where the following three images were captured.

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9864-9866 Panorama

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9864-9866 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9867-9869 Panorama

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9867-9869 Panorama © Andrew McInnes

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9887-9888

Wombarra Headland 2AM 9887-9888 stack © Andrew McInnes

 

The final two images include the Wombarra rock pool.

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9900_9903 stack

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9900_9903 stack © Andrew McInnes

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9913-9914

Wombarra Rock Pool 2AM 9913-9914 © Andrew McInnes

 

’twas a wonderfully dramatic sky, with quite the lightning show that was ongoing for quite some time. I hope you enjoyed these images.

 

Cheers 🙂