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Giants from new Zealand…although we begin in Italy.

Anyone who has visited the Vatican

may have climbed the spiral step less staircase

and been in awe at its construction.

However the entrance/exit to the Ruakuri Cave, at Waitomo,

makes the Vatican staircase look like a miniature.

We also visited the Giant Redwood Forest at Rotorua.

These trees are not as large as some

of the photographed Californian Redwoods,

however, they are still Giant Redwoods

 

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Pic and Word Challenge: Giant

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During our new Zealand road trip

 

MGW had my camera nearby to capture scenes

that would have been impossible for me to photograph.

 


With my camera hard up against a window

I manage to capture some of this sunset

on Friday October 5, at the

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner which was held at

Devon on the Wharf in Auckland. 

Mine images are a bit different to the sample shots in te challenge post. 

They are, however, all taken through glass.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Through-Glass

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During our flying visit to New Zealand for

our son’s engagement party in February…

we only visited Auckland.

 

Prior to his October wedding in Auckland we decided

to make the visit worthwhile and more relaxing.

One of our planned destinations was Rotorua

where we heard about and visited

the Whakarewarewa Maori Village.

 

 

While it is a living Maori Village

its geothermal properties are also quite active.

The yellowish bag just right of centre is

a bag of corn cobs cooking in a geothermal pool.

 

The Hobbit Movie Set near Matamata was also

on our destination list and well worth the visit.

 Not far from Matamata and not on our list

of ‘must visits’ was the Hamilton Gardens.

If you have any interest in gardening at all it is well worth a visit.

In October 2014 as part of the 2014 Garden Tourism Awards,

Hamilton Gardens was awarded the prestigious title of

International Garden of the Year.

We only had time to visit the enclosed gardens.

Auckland and a wedding was calling.

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Cee’s

Black and White Challenge.

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Cambridge, New Zealand, BWs….plus one sepia.I thought the Town Hall looked better in sepia than BW.

Deciduous trees saying ‘hello’ to spring.

Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Parish Centre.

A moody interior of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Again darkened because I think it looked better.

 

Finally,

Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Cambridge,

New Zealand.

We were told Cambridge was set out like an English Village.

In the amount of time we spent there,

we noted many building had high-pitched roofs,

presumably to shed snow, however we could not find

the photo opportunities depicted in brochures.

Still a pretty place to visit.

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Cees-BW-Photo-Challenge: Indoors-Outdoors

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Our new Daughter-in-Law asked had we visited Orakei Korako.

It was on the next day’s agenda.

I left with a flat battery and this was my last photo. 

After 333 steps up and 333 steps down, along a 1.8 kilometre walk,

carrying a camera with a flat battery,

I would happily have been the reflection.

 A beautiful reflection in the centre of Hamilton Gardens..

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While in New Zealand a few weeks ago to add a Daughter-in-Law

to our small tribe we also celebrated the birthday of our first DiL.

We had decided on the Auckland Sky Tower as the venue

for dinner to celebrate this occasion.

As is evident from these photos late afternoon…

quickly changes from daylight to dusk.

 


And once the sun has made up its mind there is no going back.

Just time for one final shot before it totally dipped below the horizon.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Changeable

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Changeable

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Changeable

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Changeable