Monthly Archives: June 2013

Okitu 24-6-13


Grimmo-Okitu 24-6-13The month of June marks the start of winter and serious surf. This past week the surf has just PUMPED in every sense of the word. This photo and the one above it, taken by Wainui surfer and photographer, Gray Clapham, say it all. They are SO good I had to share them. Monday’s surf along Wainui was so big and relentless that jetskiis was needed in order to get the lucky few takers out the back to get amongst it. Most of us had to be at work so had to contend with checking out the photographic evidence on Facebook that night. For more of Monday morning’s excitement, check out pro surf photographer Cory Scott’s blog for NZSurfing

The swell has now moderated, as my shots below show. But at least it was manageable for me to paddle out today. The water temperature wasn’t too bad either. The wind was just a light offshore which kept the wind chill down. And there was hardly anyone else out. One benefit of mid-winter.    Ô

winter slash

more manageable for us mere mortals

late drop

bit too late on the takeoff

Port left

Sunday spectators

sunset surf

last set for the day

evening chill

the evening chill setting in


Inge painting2

a chance meeting

IngeI love those little surprises that life throws up from time to time. A chance meeting with Inge Jenssen was exactly one of those magic moments that my wife and I had the delight of experiencing when visiting Napier recently. Born and raised in Norway, Ingeborg came to New Zealand over 40 years ago with her late husband Finn. They settled and raised a family on the beachfront at Napier’s Westshore Beach. A daily dose of salt was all in a day’s work for Finn who was a fishermen.

Inge has a gallery on the beachfront at Westshore where she paints. She also runs a bed and breakfast in her home. Inge loves to meet travelers from all over the world. It would seem that we had discovered Inge’s gallery, and then the woman behind it, by pure accident while taking an evening walk along the Westshore beachfront  – the playground of my youth. But sometimes when we meet people it feels far more than just a coincidence. This was most certainly the case.    Ô

Westshore Beach

Westshore Beach – playground of my youth

art deco toilet

art deco toilet

bus stop

the air-conditioned bus stop

surfing signs

one of the spots where I first learned to surf


waiting for the next summer

winter solstice_0050

winter solstice

Yesterday was the shortest day – the winter solstice. And what a miserable day it was – grey skies, bitterly cold sou-west wind, wild stormy surf conditions. Not a very photogenic day, so the photo above is all you’re getting today. The only good thing about winter when you’re too broke to go skiing/snowboarding or to head off on a tropical surf holiday, is the rugby. Go the All Blacks tonight!

But the good news is, we’re now heading …very slowly… back towards summer. Hooray! Rather than celebrate all the mid-winter gloom, today I’m going to break from my usual photo sharing and post some cool cartoon images that speak to me of everything that’s great about summer, mainly through the eyes of cartoonist Bob Penuelas and his classic surf cartoon character, Wilbur Kookmeyer. Let’s celebrate the SOULstice!      Ô

Wilbur Kook Comic pg102


surfs up

surfs up


Kook by name and kook by nature !

summer crowds

worst thing about summer is the crowds

Wilbur's travels

Wilbur’s travels


see you next summer!

Wellington runway_0071

‘cleared for takeoff’

I don’t mind being in Big River from air_0028Wellington for a couple of days. Variety is the spice of life. There’s so many choices of dining there. I had Turkish for lunch, then Cambodian for dinner.  Saturday night on Cuba Street means free live music at every second joint. If you don’t like the style of music playing, you just walk another 50 metres. Shopping is pretty good too if you need some new threads and there’s lots of art shops and galleries.

But home is where the heart is. There’s nothing like being back in paradise after a quick stint in the ‘Big Smoke’. Flying in over Midway Beach you realise just how beautiful the Gisborne region is. *Hey, if you read yesterday’s post and are wondering which camera took which shots – the first 3 were taken on my digital SLR, the rest were taken on my Motorola cellphone’s camera …are you surprised?  As they say, “The best camera is the one that you have on you“.    Click    Ô

flying high

heading home

Mahia Peninsular

Swell on both sides of Mahia Peninsular

Poverty Bay

Poverty Bay and the flats

Tuahine & Tuamotu

Tuahine Point and Tuamotu Island

Airport terminal sunrise_0048

city colours

flight sunburst 0022Finding myself back in the capital city for a couple of days of
work, I was thinking I would be landlocked amongst the drab city scenery without many opportunities to take the colourful, scenic type of photography that I usually post on this blog. However when walking around the city with my smartphone close at hand, I noticed a lot of very colourful graffiti adorning many of the open spaces. Graffiti artists play an important role in brightening up the drab cityscape.

I was interested to see how well my smartphone’s camera would compete with the much larger and far more expensive, fully featured digital SLR. To even up the match I put an old zoom lens from way back in the pre-digiital days on the SLR. To be honest I don’t see much difference between the photos despite one camera costing 10 times the price of the other !  -What do you think, can you tell which shots were taken with the smartphone?     Ô

Windy Wellington

flying into Windy Wellington

city collage

city collage


brightening up the grey spaces


“Your fish is bigger than mine..”


bright inner city business

Southern Cross

the Southern Cross was as colourful as a coastal sunset