a lamp with a transparent case protecting the flame or electric bulb,
and typically having a handle by which it may be carried or hung.

Chinese lanterns at Auckland Airport










Auckland Harbour Bridge

by day…


…and night


Agapanthus buds…

Agapanthus blooms.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Opposites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Opposites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Opposites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Opposites

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Anne:…Opposites**

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Sofia:…Opposites






road tripping

A usually lengthy trip taken in a motor vehicle,

especially for pleasure.










pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.


a pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the sea
between high- and low-water marks.










the period from sunset to sunrise in each twenty-four hours



Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Houses of Parliament



…the London Eye



Closer to home is this selection

of Geelong night images

Geelong from my hospital room window last year (May 2021)


Geelong by night from Griffin Gully


Geelong from Griffin Gully

You Yangs in the background

Eastern Beach…



Cunningham Pier

The first year Geelong had

a floating Christmas Tree (2015)








Bridge of Sighs




Auckland Harbour Bridge

New Zealand

Old Railway Bridge






Australian Bridges…

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge,

Balyang Sanctuary,




…Westgate Bridge





I have to say my most memorable events

are the birth of our two boys and our first grandchild.

The former because I was there.

The latter, because she was, is, a bright note

in a year of lockdowns.


Number 1 Son at 12 hours


Number 2 at 12 hours.



Last year in early March (2021)

we received our first photos

of our first grandchild from across the ditch.

She was  born in her mother’s hometown

in New Zealand


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:…Memorable-Events

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:…Memorable-Events

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:...Memorable-Events

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:.…Memorable-Events





Initially my thoughts turned to

Africa for this challenge.

However, a little more thought and

New  Zealand it is.

New Zealand is sometimes referred to

as Australia’s seventh state;

and I must confess it is a

home away from home in my opinion.

Now for some random images from our

2018 road trip around a small part

of New Zealand’s North Island.

Near Matamata we spent a couple

of nights at Buckland’s Airbnb.

This window view, from our room,

was enough to keep me happy.


If the view appears too rural for your liking,

there is always accommodation in Matamata itself.

We were there to visit the Hobbit Movie set

which is less than 5 kilometres from

Buckland’s  airbnb.

The third of Waitomo’s Cave was Ruakuri Cave.

The only cave where photography

was freely allowed.

To reach the cave floor we had

to negotiate the spiral down.

And there was no magic way of getting

out of the cave without negotiating

the same spiral to ground level.

While in the Ruakuri Cave…

…there are plenty of sights…

…to view or photograph.

Several nights were spent in Taupo,

located on the north-eastern shore

of Lake Taupo.

About 15 minutes out of Taupo is Huka Falls.

Not big in either width or height,

however, big in water throughput.


Taupo also provided an extensive range…

…of flora to photograph during our visit.

About 90 kilometres to the south of Taupo is

Tongariro National Park

where I was able to capture this image of

Mt Ruapehu

At Rotorua we spent a night or two at

Hamurana Lodge

a Boutique Hotel out of Rotorua.

Using Hamurana Lodge as our base

we were able to visit

Whakarewarewa – Living Maori Village…

…and enjoy lunch cooked in a thermal spring

the traditional Maori way.

We arrived back in Auckland a few days prior

to No 1 Son’s wedding.

Number 2 Son and his wife had been sort

of shadowing us during our road trip.

As Daughter-in-Law celebrated her

birthday the day before we arrived

in Auckland we all met up for

a family celebration.

Dinner in Auckland’s Sky Tower.

New Zealand is a peaceful friendly country

with a wide variety of attractions.

AND it is roughly a two and a half hour

flight from Melbourne.

Compare that with a 14 hour journey

from Sydney to Johannesburg.