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 Fishy Obelisks

04/09/2011 at 10:51 am

Fishy obelisk

An anonymous reader sent us this shot of yet another shocking piece of public art, this time in Kaiapoi. It even withstood the might of the irritated earth gods:

“A large faultline ruptured only metres from this creation and failed to move this monster! Perhaps it even caused it?”

Photo © 2011 Anonymous

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”).

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Drive-In Dry Cleaning

02/09/2011 at 11:32 pm

Whangarei - Travelling Light

Sadly, most drive-ins turn out to be mere drive-bys. I am still waiting for a version where I don’t have to leave the car at all. Same applies to supermarkets and gyms, by the way.

Another masterpiece by Travelling Light, and it most definitely won’t be the last.

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Light Travelling

30/08/2011 at 12:03 am

Nelson 4 - Travelling Light

Today it is my deep pleasure to present you the first photo by “TravellingLight”, a team of incredibly talented “partners in crime” from New Zealand.

In their works, they document New Zealand with a wonderful sensibility, often precisely catching this bitter-sweet spot between beauty and blandness of the country.

Expect more from Travelling Light in the future!

Photo © 2011 Travelling Light. Original here.

The Beauty of Hotels For Mules

28/08/2011 at 11:30 am

Peter Gow - Hotel Formule 1 b

Peter Gow - Hotel Formule 1 a

Lovely! Auckland’s first leaning hotel, solely for first mules! Whatever that might be.

Please note how our (well, or at least Grant Smithies’) reader Peter Gow added his own statement by craftily composing the surrounding traffic signs.

Photos © 2011 Peter Gow


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!

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Grant Dommen. Original here.

The Beauty of Fences Special

22/08/2011 at 11:36 am

To the Wire - Neville10

Our avid (yet mysterious) reader Liz activated her research skills and discovered a bonanza of material about our – and more so New Zealand’s – fence obsession.

Let’s kick off the fence special with this misty, but geometrically inclining shot by Neville 10.

From hereon, I largely quote Liz’s report:

The urge to create fences and walls out of discarded items, not endemic to New Zealand but “practised with vigour”:

A… toilet fence?!?! Can I see some photos of that, please?

Photo Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) 2011 Neville10. Original here.