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  Tuesday, 9 June 2009

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  Sunday, 15 March 2009

Pepin Island Sea Cave

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  Monday, 30 June 2008

Kite flying at The Chateau

This weekend I was at The Mount Ruapehu Bayview Chateau Tongariro (the Chateau for short) to celebrate the 40th birthday of a friend. I flew my Quantum trick kite on the golf course on Saturday after the biggest overnight dump of snow since 1992 on Friday night.

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  Sunday, 20 January 2008

Ray over the Haven (full)

Today was the 17th annual Nelson Summertime Kite Festival. There was very little wind but the big kites were flying for a few hours this morning and intermittently during the afternoon. Heaps of people turned out anyway on this scorching hot Nelson Sunday. I managed to get a camera in the air with a few of the big kites this morning; something that is always pretty nerve wracking with all those giants flying around me. I just had to post this one shot of the Ray kite with Nelson Haven behind it, but I'll be uploading more during the evening as I sort through them and my dail-up connection catches up.

I have created a Flickr pool for pictures of the kite festival. It already has my photos from last year and this year in it. If you have some pictures, and you use, please join the group and add yours to the pool! The Flickr group is called "The Annual Nelson Summertime Kite Festival". (If you don't use Flickr, its free and painless.)

ps. It just hit me what it is about the Ray image above that appeals to me. There's no lines. You can't see any bridle-lines, no flying lines, nothing but kite.... and so the secret of how it is flying is not directly revealed. The magic of kite flying lives on!

Flying Yellow Bear

Kite festival

Looking down on the Megaray

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  Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Kayaks by the Motueka River

It has become a bit of a tradition for me and my friends to meet up at Mcleans Reserve on the banks of the Motueka River, circle the wagons and celebrate another new beginning together (along with a spot of kayaking). I got back yesterday after a few days living in the van. Here are some shots from the paddle down the river we did on the last day of 2007.

There's a river 'round here somewhere!
There's a river 'round here somewhere!

Found the river!
Found it!

Crystal clear Graham River joins the Motueka River
After recent rain the mouth of the Graham Valley River looked super clean, sparkling in the afternoon sun.

Kayaking on Motueka River

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  Sunday, 11 November 2007

Yellow Squadron Leader

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  Sunday, 18 February 2007

I got out on my bike today with my kite aerial photography gear onboard to capture a bit of Nelson in summer.

Nelson Haven

Railway crossing

North Road Roofs

Nelson City

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  Tuesday, 23 January 2007

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  Sunday, 21 January 2007

Day two of the 2007 Nelson Summertime Kite Festival was another mixed bag of wind conditions. Thankfully, in the middle of the afternoon, just when the crowds were beginning to arrive, the grey clouds parted, and the northerly sea breeze kicked in juuust enough to put on a show.

The breeze was a very light southwest for most of the morning. Here the Kimono kite is caught resting during a lull in the breeze.

A Peter Lynn Ray flying high above a rainbow-coloured fish.

As the clouds broke up and the blue sky appeared, the wind shifted around to the north and suddenly the sky was filled with kites.

At the end of the afternoon, after most of the crowds had gone, I managed to get enough of a wind to launch my KAP rig and get a few shots looking down.

(click for 1024x768 or 1280x1024 desktop wallpaper)

I'll be uploading these images and heaps more in full size, to my Flickr account in the next day or two so check them out.

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  Saturday, 20 January 2007

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The wind started off light and got lighter throughout the day. Unfortunatly the grey skies kept the sea breeze from ever really kicking in. The few kites that could fly did, but most things dropped from the sky mid-afternoon. There certainly wasn't enough wind to kite buggy so there were a few bored kite buggy pilots around who resorted to towing buggys around the field with a minivan.

Tommorrow (Sunday) is the big public display day, so I hope the weathers better! At least it didn't rain today...

This kite reminds me of the space invaders games of my youth.

Because of the lack of wind I had no chance to do any kite aerial photography today but the gear is all ready to go, so maybe tomorrow.

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