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Fotoeins Friday: Otago rugby, Dunedin North Ground

28 July 2012.

Over the duration of a year-long journey around the world, I’m spending significant time in the southern hemisphere (not unlike five previous years working and living in Chile). The time has also meant I’ve come to learn about cricket and rugby, which are important to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. I was introduced to rugby league years ago, but I prefer rugby union, especially after having watched on television games during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

On foot north from Dunedin CBD centre to Baldwin Street, I pass by the city’s North Ground, home to the Alhambra-Union Rugby Football Club. I stop to watch one of the Club’s junior sides, Colts, in an afternoon rugby game in progress where this “line-out” takes place.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 28 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/5, ISO100, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9ZA.

Air Safaris, Southern Alps, Westland National Park, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Aoraki-Horokoau flyby, New Zealand

21 July 2012.

Approximate location: -43.546433, 170.144492 (43°32’47.2″S 170°08’40.2″E)
Approximate altitude: 3000 metres (9850 feet)
View azimuth: 170 to 175 degrees (south-southeast)

We’re up among New Zealand’s Southern Alps as the flight takes us over Westland Tai Poutini National Park and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. I’ve supplied featured labels to help with orientation in this southeast view. Despite scale, height, and distance, I get the distinct feeling that I can just about leap out of the plane to a soft snow landing or if I could reach out with my hand, I could touch the nation’s two tallest mountains, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Horokoau (Mount Tasman), sacred to the Māori people.

A visual account of the circular flight over southwest New Zealand can be seen here. The west coast on the nation’s South Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 21 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/3200-sec, f/5, ISO200, and 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9Zb.

Interislander, Sinclair Head, Te Rimurapa, Cook Strait, Raukawa, North Island Te Ika a Maui, New Zealand, Aotearoa, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Crossing New Zealand’s Cook Strait (Raukawa)

14 July 2012.

It’s a cold wet winter morning in mid-July, and I’m on New Zealand’s Interislander ferry from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island. With the seasonal weather, visibility and skies are limited with low-lying stratus cloud creating some showers, mist, and fog. Fortunately, light winds create only small chop on the water, sun rays occasionally break through the grey canopy, and some geographical features begin to appear.

We bid goodbye to the North Island with this sighting of Sinclair Head, known formerly as the Māori settlement Te Rimurapa (giant bull kelp). The trailhead is faintly visible at right leading to Te Kopahou (“bent or folded feather”), whose 485-metre (1591 feet) summit is buried in cloud in this picture. The end of the ridge running as a cliff down Rimurapa is known as Taumata Patiti Pa. The strip of land jutting out to the left and into the water is Tongue Point.

Cook Strait is named after England’s famous circumnavigator Captain James Cook, but the strait’s name in Maori is “Te Moana Raukawa” (also this). This latter name may be a shortened version of “rau-kawakawa” for the leaves (rau) of the kawakawa plant used to make makeshift visors to prevent voyagers crossing the strait from unintentionally seeing islands and rocks considered too sacred to view.


More

•   “The Land of Tara …,” by Elsdon Best (1919), courtesy of Wellington City Libraries
•   NZ History
•   Rimupara – Maori sites, Te Whanganui a Tara
•   Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
•   “History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough“, p. 41, Hilary Mitchell and Maui John Mitchell, Huia Publishers (2004)

The Māori names for the two largest islands of New Zealand (Aotearoa) are:
•   Te Ika a Māui (Maui’s fish) for the North Island, and
•   Te Wai Pounamu (waters of greenstone) for the South Island. An alternative name is Te Waka a Aoraki (Aoraki’s canoe).

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 14 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/40-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 33mm focal length (53mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9VC.

New Zealand: Fiordland’s Milford Sound

A trip to New Zealand’s South Island is incomplete without a visit to the Fiordland National Park. A stop at one or both of Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound is also highly recommended, as they are some of the most popular destinations in New Zealand and on the South Island. From Queenstown, I sided with Real Journeys for a daytrip out to Milford Sound: morning coach on the only road access, Milford Sound Highway (State Highway 94), from Queenstown to Milford Sound; a boat into the fiord; and the return to Queenstown by plane. The Maori Ngai Tahu name for the body of water is Piopiotahi (“one piopio bird”). The piopio resembles a thrush but is considered extinct with the last sighting in 1905.

Much of the scenery reminds me of my home province: coastal British Columbia. Carved by glacial activity, Fjords (also spelled “fiords”) are long narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs. My time in southwest New Zealand reminds me of home along the southwest coast of British Columbia.


Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Te Anau, Te Anau

Lake Te Anau, Te Anau, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Winter cloud over Lake Te Anau

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

At west exit of the Homer Tunnel

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

At west exit of Homer Tunnel

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Kea (Nestor notabilis) : the world’s only alpine parrot

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

At west exit of Homer Tunnel

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

At west exit of Homer Tunnel

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Kea (Nestor notabilis) : the world’s only alpine parrot

Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound Highway (SH94), Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Northwest from Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound: peeking behind the massive wall in the background at left-centre is Odyssey Peak (1821 metres / 5974 feet) in the Sheerdown Hills.

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Construction and expansion of dock facilities at Milford Sound

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Ship’s coming in

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Bright winter day in Milford Sound

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Milford Sound

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand - 25 July 2012

Where Milford Sound meets the Pacific Ocean

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Towering over Milford Sound

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

From the Pacific, reentering Milford Sound

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand - 25 July 2012

Facing west from Harrison Cove to Mitre Peak (upper right)

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Harrison Cove, to Mount Pembroke and Pembroke Glacier

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Moon over the walls

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Returning to the boat terminal, with Mitre Peak (left) in silhouette

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, South Island, New Zealand

Milford Sound


I made these photos on 25 July 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Od. Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Dunedin’s Baldwin Street: steepest in the world

In Dunedin, New Zealand, make your way from the city centre, around the University of Otago to North Road, and onwards to Baldwin Street, where The Guinness Book of Records declared the latter street as “the steepest (street) in the world” in 1997. With this claim to fame, the street is touted as a place to visit in Dunedin. Anybody who’s spent time in San Francisco should take the challenge and find out whether the ascent grade on Baldwin Street approaches or exceeds their experience in the American city by the Bay.

The signage states:

Initially, Baldwin Street slopes gently from the valley floor, then climbs steeply to its intersection with Buchanan Street at the top.

Over the 161.2 metre length of the top section, it climbs a vertical height of 47.22 metres, which is an average gradient of 1 in 3.41 (29%).

On its steepest section, the gradient is 1 in 2.86 (35%).

Every year, during Dunedin’s Festival, large number of athletes, including family groups, take part in social and competitive foot races to the top of the street and return. These races are known as the BALDWIN STREET GUTBUSTER.

The street is named for William Baldwin, who carried out the original subdivision. Baldwin was a member of the Otago Provincial Council, and founder of the “Otago Guardian” newspaper in 1873.

The conclusion is generally the same among those who visit; I’ll say with absolute certainty that walking, let alone running, up a grade steeper than 30 percent is tough slogging. If I’ve done my trigonometry correctly, that’s between 15 and 20 degrees of inclination.

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

To reach Baldwin Street, it’s an easy walk from the Central Business District (i.e., “City”) to the northern parts of town. A quicker alternative from The Octagon in Dunedin is the number 9 or 9A bus northbound (City to Normanby) to stop “North Road”; check the route schedules online here and select “Normanby” from the drop-down menu.

I made the above photos on 28 July 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Pw.

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