Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A brief trip back to my roots

I spent most of my formative years in North Otago, but it was broad as I was often able to wander the length of the Waitaki Valley and the coastal regions.

Last weekend I had occasion to visit these old haunts in the context of attending my cousin Michael's birthday party.

Stopping to make some photos in nice light on the Lindis Pass...
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Over the years I've occasionally stopped by some limestone cliffs beside the Kurow - Oamaru road to look at ancient Maori rock art. In more recent years it's been given the name Takiroa, and developed a little with fence stiles, and a track etc. I'd heard parts of the cliff had fallen down in the recent Christchurch earthquakes. Currently these large chunks interested me much more than the art...
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Nearby I noticed this little cross lurking inconspicuously under an oak tree by the road edge. This type of memorial is quite common in these parts, but they're often hard to spot in the grass while speeding by. In this setting I was struck by the contrast of ancient shelter alongside the more contemporary memorial of warfare...
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The Moeraki Boulders south of Oamaru are always worth a visit - they've been eroded out of the nearby cliffs by the actions of the sea over many years...
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5 Comments:

Blogger Marg said...

you've talked about the importance of capturing the right light before when taking photos. I think you have done so very well in these. They are great shots of this part of country.

June 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Hi Marg, thanks for the comment. Yes, light is often everything eh.

We are certainly blest to live where we do.

Cheers

Donald

June 19, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Anonymous Robb said...

Kia ora Donald,
Such a uniques and inspiring landscape. Something about the starkness in the land that makes one be wary while also being absorbed. Reminds me a bit of Kura Tawhiti, where I spent a day while visiting Bob in CHCH when he had his knees replaced. A very spirtual place. Hope all is ell. Kia kaha.
Cheers,
Robb

June 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Donald said...

Hi Robb

Yes, if we slow down a bit I suspect we'd identify many places like you describe in your comment. Many have been there before us!

Cheers

Donald

June 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Shirley Goodwin said...

Hi Donald, these are areas I know from living in Oamaru, I didn't know the rock drawings site had been affected by the earthquake. Thanks for the photos.

June 23, 2011 at 6:47 AM  

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