Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I've discovered another maker of cupcakes in Christchurch. These pretty little edibles are by Buttercup Cupcakes, who sell their goodies at the Arts Centre Market every Saturday. I don't think anyone ever believes me when I say I'd rather photograph cupcakes than eat them but it's true. There's something almost sculptural about them that I love....and I'm a sucker for all those enticing pastel colours.
Waihao River Mouth, Waimate. Nov. 2008. Ajr I love the barren, blue-skied beauty of stony eastern coastline of the South Island. I took this shot at the Waihao River mouth, just south of Waimate a few weeks ago. Most of my other photos were of the whitebaiters but I'm always more drawn to a landscape completely devoid of humans. To see some of the other images from the area click on Waiha0 Marae in the label line below.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I couldn't believe my eyes when I pulled in to The Warehouse carpark this morning. I've never seen it look so good - the bright red packing crates, the brilliant blue Canterbury skies, the shimmering pylons, the silver roof next door - gorgeous! And I never thought I'd EVER say that about anything to do with The Warehouse.
This fabulous old brick warehouse is typical of those in the back alleys of central Christchurch near SOL (South of Lichfield) and in Poplar Lane. Many of them have already been revamped and given new life as apartments, boutique shops, studios, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafes. I keep watching this one to see if it will also be re-invented as something chic and useful again....I hope so as these developments have certainly punched new life into central Christchurch. www.sol.co.nz
I can't help thinking that the driver got a little side-tracked. This little car is 'Lizzie' The Bealey Hotel Limo, now a permanent fixture on this old shed at Cass, which is little more than a tiny railway station and a cluster of houses in the middle of the Southern Alps. The Bealey Hotel is a few kilometres from Cass, so clearly someone had a night to remember.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I'm a little puzzled by my own (photographic) fixation with cranes - can't explain it - not even going to try. Suffice to say I LOVED this little scene discovered down a Christchurch backstreet in a semi-industrial area. The combination of graffiti with the sculptural forms and colours of the cranes had me shrieking with delight.
I never tire of taking photographs of the elaborate details of Christchurch's best Victorian Gothic architecture. This is an entry to the south side of the Christchurch Arts Centre - originally the home of the University of Canterbury (1873-1975), which has since moved to new premises in Ilam.....in the heart of suburban Christchurch. The old city buildings however are still in active use - filled with offices, artist studios, cafes, restaurants, galleries, the Court Theatre and numerous shops. www.artscentre.org.nz www.canterbury.ac.nz
Sunday, December 28, 2008
With an abundance of beautiful Victorian Gothic architecture like this about, it's not surprising that Christchurch has earned itself a reputation for being 'very English.' This is a peek through the main gate of Christ's College (founded in 1850), one of the city's priciest private schools for boys. www.christscollege.com
I love the stony heftiness of this little church in Upper Riccarton. The day I visited to take photographs, the caretaker kindly came across and opened up for me so I was able to take shots of the stained glass windows from the inside as well. The whole place has a story-book aspect to it - huge trees that tower around on all sides, a very old cemetery, gloomy big yew trees, a tranquil interior filled with colour-glass reflections....lovely!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
If you ever find yourself in Greymouth on the South Island's West Coast in need of a decent cup of coffee, this is the place to head for - dpOne Cafe. It's one of those relaxed, slightly dishevelled places - at least in terms of decor - that ooze character and local colour.
Friday, December 26, 2008
I was so taken with this staircase, and so keen to check out the right angle for a photograph, that I failed to watch my footing and fell flat on my face in the street! Thankfully, it was down a back lane in SOL (South of Lichfield) and the only people who witnessed my humiliation were a cafe worker hanging about having a sly fag and a young Chinese couple, who ran to my aid and helped me up - ego bruised, ankle twisted but otherwise no worse for the wear. Turns out taking photographs can be a hazardous business. www.sol.co.nz
I love Porter's and Arthur's Passes at this time of year - the summer lupins are flowering, casting a great swathe of pink and purple across the rugged landscape; the skies are blue (generally); and the rivers twinkle with mountain reflections. It's a dramatic landscape that never fails to impress me.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
My prize for the best Christmas tree in Christchurch in 2008 goes to FOUND - a small classic furniture store on High Street. This year they've piled up three sizes of the popular David Trubridge lightshade, "Coral/Floral" and attached Christmas baubles. I like it very much. You can see my recurring photographs of this particular light shade, by clicking on David Trubridge in the below label line. www.davidtrubridge.com
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Forget sorting presents and roping up the reindeer, times are tough and Santa has gotten himself a part-time job directing traffic at one of the Marshlands Road vegetable stalls! And if you follow directions and park nicely, he'll give you a handful of sweets.
There are many parts of New Zealand that I prefer over the South Island’s West Coast but one stretch of coastline – between Greymouth and Westport – is definitely worth seeing. The bush is beautiful, the seas wild and the river gorges have that ‘forgotten’ quality that makes you think of lost worlds. One of the biggest attractions of course, is the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – a freakish collection of pancake-like limestone formations that were pushed out of the ocean by seismic action over 30 million years ago. If you want to see huge spouts of water gushing out of the caverns below, make sure you get there at high tide. There’s been a lot of work done on the track and it’s now sealed for most of the way, with plenty of rock-walled lookouts that make for great photo-taking….if you can push your way through the crowds of tourists that is.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This tiny farm building at Flock Hill Station is dwarfed by the huge mountains that surround it. Many of the locals call this particular 'hill' Purple Mountain because of its ever-changing colours. Anyone looking for some comfortable, reasonably-priced accommodation for their Porter's Pass ski holiday, or a trekking adventure in Arthur's Pass, would do well to consider Flock Hill. It's great value for money. www.flockhill.co.nz
Monday, December 22, 2008
The tiny settlement of Cass is little more than a pin-prick in the Southern Alps, 116 kilometres northwest of Christchurch. In the winter it is virtually snowed under; and in the summer it’s a blaze of colour as wild lupins flower. As small and seemingly insignificant as it seems – in railway terms at least – this tiny station was made famous by the painting “Cass” by one of New Zealand’s well known painters, Rita Angus (1908-1970). The painting is now in the collection of Christchurch Art Gallery.