The Beauty of Swine, next to Cars

04/09/2011 at 10:59 am

Piggy - Travelling Light

And while we are at it, my little possums, let’s also publish this splendiferous shot by the magnificient Travelling Light.

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Wakefield. In 1989

03/09/2011 at 12:05 am

Wakefield 1989 - Travelling Light

The car! The hut*! The fridge! The gravel! Corrugated Steel! The colors! – ’Tis Kiwi heaven!

(* I know, I know, my mistake: “historic 3 bedroom villa with flexible floor plan”).

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Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Forestry

28/08/2011 at 11:10 am

Barry Read - Forestry

Barry Read not only sent this snapshot of modern Kiwi forestry in action, but also a comment highlighting some of absurdities behind it:

“On the other side of this ridge is a sign on SH1 extolling us to let the trees ‘sleep’ – ‘They’re busy saving the World’.

This sums up our approach. Plant fast-growing, low-value trees that were originally planted to produce paper-pulp, and pretend they might be used for structures. Chop them down when far too young. (…) Fertilised by the wind these mono-forests are seen as barriers to bees. A good rain soon will ‘flush’ off any remaining top soil and debris into the waterways – where it will mix with the cow-shit on its way downstream.”

Update: Barry sent this great additional shot with the full message and the full horror. Thanks, Barry!

Saving The World - Barry Read

Photos © 2011 Barry Read

The Beauty of Peg Legs

25/08/2011 at 9:06 pm

Peg Leg - Hilary

Our reader Hilary from Matarangi lived happily in her most beautiful corner of the entire universe. Until this gang of weekend intruders arrived at her favorite beach and got undressed…

No Google Maps coordinates of this one… stay off the Coromandel, city slickers!

Photo © 2011 Hilary from Matarangi… don’t dare to google it, 5th Avenue scum!

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The Beauty of Foxy Glaciers

25/08/2011 at 8:13 pm

Fox Glacier - Grant Dommen

Glacier: foxy. Signposts: tilted. Background: foggy. Sigh, New Zealand, sigh…

Great shot by Grant Dommen, though! As always! Thanks!

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Photo © 2011 Grant Dommen. Original here.

The Beauty of Phar Lap Pedestals

14/08/2011 at 1:14 pm

Timaru, Home of Phar Lap - Grant Dommen

After the tragic death of the Phar Lap, his fans and the racing fraternity ennobled the memory of the champion gelding by sending his arse back to Australia, keeping his bones in New Zealand, and exporting his shoes to the Philippines. A thoroughbred, a complete horsey, bossing the track and strutting proud and free in his domain: this image could not be complete without a statue of a frozen horse riding a goods lift up towards heaven. Travel well, wonder horse.

Another more-than-just-exquisite guest post by the valorous designer, teacher and author Alex Gilks, accompanying this magical shot by the sensational Grant Dommen.

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Photo © 2011 Grant Dommen. Original here.

Finally! The Beauty of Sheep

01/08/2011 at 1:31 pm

Sheep - Weltwunderer

The sun may always shine on T.V. (still a great song, by the way), but not on these Oamaru sheep. Meeeeh! Another startling contribution by the phenomenal, yet surreptitious Jenny M. of the german New Zealand travel blog weltwunderer.de. Ta, Jenny!

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Photo © 2011 Jenny M.

The Beauty of Lake Taupo

12/05/2011 at 3:59 pm

Jenny M - Lake Taupo

Jenny M. of the lovely german New Zealand Travel blog weltwunderer.de sends this wonderful shot of Lake Taupo. With some stuff in the foreground. I have no idea why anybody would consider this being ugly, given that the picture elements, composition, light and colours work beautifully together with the bacchanalia subtext (alcohol, shadow, plastic bag, the jungle)… – but hey, what do I know.

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Photo © 2011 Jenny M.

The Beauty of Young Ern

15/04/2011 at 8:02 am

Young Ern - Robyn Gallagher

“Hello, Earthlings! Me being alien life form entitled E.R.N! Prepare to be galvanised!”

Another mind-boggling contribution by the intrepid Robyn Gallagher. Thanks, Robyn!

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Photo © 2011 Robyn Gallagher. Original here.

The Beauty of Party Ice. Wait… what?!

22/02/2011 at 8:42 am

North Otago Party Ice - Tim Grubb

Tim Grubb, the mastermind behind the refreshingly intelligent blog “Tourism Trends”, sent us this somewhat bizarre shot, combining many all-time Kiwi favourites. Namely gravel, neon paint, gas-guzzling cars… – and don’t get me started on the driving skills. Thanks, Tim!

Photo © 2011 Tim Grubb.