Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bits and pieces: Clutha River, crosses, Cardrona, and the horror of removing your own leg to live

I've blogged a few times on the recent revival of plans to dam the Clutha River, and it's nice to see I'm not alone:

The new Clutha River Forum, sent a press release to the media on Friday 16th October. They have considered Contact Energy’s four dam options, and unanimously support "Option five – no more dams" ...more>>

My son and friends like to do what kids like to do, and have done for generations: float down the Clutha...

On my last post on the Clutha a couple of weeks ago I posted photos of an unusual cliff Dougal and I came across. According to my good friend Ian who used to work as a scientist on the mountain building processes in New Zealand, this is layer after layer of glacial silt, much of it deposited by wind, then modified by the ebb and flow of the glacier's terminal and lateral moraines, and weathering, but as it's densely packed it's resisted this quite well - the scolloped areas indicating less dense packing...

During the week I had cause to make some photos of a local Wanaka church to illustrate the invitations to a friend's wedding next year. Although they cannot all be seen here I was intrigued by the number of crosses [4 at least] adorning the structure's roof and how light and shadow add some more...

This weekend has not been blest with good weather, but sniffing a clearance at noon today Dougal and I headed to the top of the Crown Range road to go exploring to the east.

Dougal looks down the Cardrona Valley...

A substantial ancient landslip [dead center of photo]...

With amazing speed a snow storm came in...

...and then it cleared again for the rest of our descent down an easy road...

And lastly dear readers if you're feeling hard done-by with life and maybe things like the recent increases to our NZ ACC fees, or whatever, we can get some perspective [thanks to Bob McKerrow's blog] on life by reading how Ramlan had to saw his own leg off ...more>>

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Blogger Ruahines said...

KIa ora Donald,
I am in full support of option 5! Thanks for the link as well. Some good info on there pertaining to the spin we get from these power comapanies and there spokespeople like Newsboy Wells - what rubbish!
There has been another wind turbine project here in the Tararua's put on hold as well, at least for now. It heartens one though to know enough grass roots noise can sometimes indeed make a difference. Have a great week!

October 20, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Ruahines said...

By the way Donald, absolutely correct in reading about Ramlan to get a true perspective!

October 20, 2009 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Shirley Goodwin said...

Hi Donald,

Nice to hear from you. Things are ok but I've had to take a job to make ends meet and the creativity is suffering. I want to make a change but haven't got any goof ideas.All good vibes gratefully accepted!

October 21, 2009 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Bob McKerrow said...

Donald, beautiful photos which make me so nostalgic. I may be up your way over Christmas and New year ! Where will you be ?

You will be happy to know Ramalan is back home with his family in Java, and is being well looked after.



October 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Hi Bob

Thanks for the encouraging comments re photos. Always followed my intuition re blogging them, and now I'm starting to see how I can use them to draw attention to our environment.


I hope to away in the hills, and may do 2 trips between 15-25 Dec., then back in Wanaka [home] until 7-8 Jan 2010, except for the odd foray, so if you're about I should be also and would love to meet up. In fact if you need a bed let me know.

Good news re Ramlan.

Bye for now



October 22, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

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