Thursday, September 16, 2010
Whales jumping around! Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
These photos are taken from the Whale Watch boat I am currently working on in Hervey Bay. They are southern Humpbacks.
Double Breach!!! It was a real breach-fest out there
Such awesome creatures to see throwing themselves around
Less than 100 metres from the Boat 'Thats Awesome'
The Whales are in Hervey Bay from mid July until early November where they come to rest and play before heading down to the depths of Antarctica for 3 months of feeding. An awesome thing to experience!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
We went out on Friday night and sailed over to Marsdens Cross, a bay just out of the Kerikeri inlet. On sunset we enjoyed a display of bottle nose dolphins doing all kinds of acrobatics and when it got dark we jumped in the water with diving masks on and experienced the sparkling phospheresence which is always a trip! One of natures epic wonders.
The next day we headed out deep, aiming for 200-300metre water to try and find some Whales or Dolphins or maybe catch a Tuna. At around 10am we heard on the VHF that a pod of Killer Whales were in the Bay so we immediatly turned the boat and headed for where they had been spotted. We had alot of ground to cover and travelling at around 6 knots we decided to jump in the dinghy and boost over to find them equipt with my underwater point-and-shoot and some snorkeling gear.
There were Orcas which were in wo groups, we followed these four which had parents and their young.
The first time I jumped in I was shocked to see a big shark in the Bull Orcas mouth, it was amazing to see such predators in action in the Ocean!
The young Orca was curious and came up to the dinghy a few times, most of the time they were on the move and hard to take photos of!
They are awesome creatures and it was epic to see them underwater and be in their territory, an experience I'll always remember.
I also took lots of photos at the Poor Knights and I'll continue this blog soon.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Look at that menu! I had two mussel burgers.
For those of you who don't know what fry bread is its a bready dough mix deep fried in fat. Greasy goodness, chur!
And heres Ray, he supports the 28 Maori Battalion.
I had the job again of going around the grounds and taking photos of all the action. This year the Waka played a big part, there were over 30 Waka from all around the North Island and I was keen to capture some of these canoe boosting around. Heres some photos from the launching of the Waka the day before Waitangi Day.
A haka given as a Nga Puhi Waka was launched.
The mighty Ngatokimatawhaorua with the Navy Friggit and a charter boat in the background.
Getting ready to launch the Waka
The Haka given as a Waka rows past the shore.
The mighty Ngatokimatawhaorua which was built in 1940 for the centenary of the signing of the treaty. It is 37 metres long, was built of 3 sections of Kauri timber and carries over 100 people. It was launched this Waitangi Day for the first time in 5 years.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
With so many different options for celebrating new years, it seems difficult to make a decision where one will go these days. Gisborne, Ingagnahuna, Matakana and Coromandel are all names that spring to mind when thinking of events that run over the switching of the years. However, there are also many smaller more modest festivals, which offer a more intimate option for punters to be part of. This year I opted for the wayward wanderer approach in choosing where to be for the 31st of December, 2009.
Venturing from Dunedin, across Cooks straight, and continuing north to the Tai Tokerou lands of the Far North. The roads eventually led me to an open paddock, set against a 360degree view of farmland and bush, next to a laughing lake, in the back blocks of Pakaraka. Open Air was what this festival was called.
The brainchild of a group of mates who were keen to celebrate the coming of the new year with some good music, a relaxed atmosphere, a group of happy people and most importantly, to be amongst what Aotearoa has to offer...the open air. However, it was not to be without a series of trials and tribulations. Liability insurance, securing a venue and funding the operation were a few of the hurdles which had to be navigated before Open Air could be fully realised.
at 6pm, on the 31st, everyone gathered around the stage to partake in blessing the land, the people and the festival. A mihi was made by Christine, followed by a karakia which we all joined in on. This payed homage to the cultural roots that are firmly in place throughout the Far North and its people. Formalities complete, it was time to begin the fetivities.
Without warning countdown had begun and the new year had arrived, followed by many a new years hug, kiss, pash, high-five, wolf whistle and man-hug. With the countdown over, the DJs got itchy fingers, and the decks began to spin once more. The music continued on into the wee small hours, as did the moving feet of the revellers who danced under the nearly full moon