Tuesday, December 31, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

The end of 2013 has come and it have been a great year for us. We look forward to 2014 where new adventures wait us all. This is my last picture from New Zealand. Next year (tomorrow) takes us to the Kingdom of Tonga.

Monday, December 30, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

Russell had a number of "fun" signs. Here are a few.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

Here is another cool Maori carving from Russell. Happy Boxing Day! Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers.  It is observed in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and some other Commonwealth nations. In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. In Ireland and Italy, the day is known as St. Stephen's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Stiofáin) or the Day of the Wren (Irish: Lá an Dreoilín). In many European countries, including notably Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia 26 December is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day. So enjoy it for any and all those reasons.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

These Maori art pieces were shot in Russell. With Christmas around the corner I put these three together in homage to the Three Wise Men.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

These guys were decorated for Easter when we were there.

Monday, December 16, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

Our last stop in New Zealand was the Bay of Islands. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, there are plenty of recreational activities in the scenic world of island and beach: charter a yacht or launch, dive or snorkel, paddle a sea kayak in and out of the islands or swim with the dolphins. We spent most of our time in Russell. The first capital of New Zealand is also a world-renowned game fishing port. Zane Grey famously described Bay of Islands as ‘an angler’s El Dorado’ when he caught his first marlin here in 1926. Tuna, broad bill, kingfish and shark are other potential game fish catches.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

This store display reminded me of something that Andy Warhol would create.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

South Pacific - New Zealand

Here are some Hanging Lobster Claws Heliconia rostrata Musacae.