New Zealand – March 18th

Continued from March 17th

My last day on the north island dawned with a good smothering of fog. I love fog, so I stopped many times on my drive north to photograph the beautiful grasslands and farms blanketed in it.  

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I got to Bridal veil falls before the rush of tourists arrived, and the overcast sky was perfect for this gorgeous waterfall. There is a 263-step wooden staircase all the way to the bottom of this giant. 

I also stopped at the turquoise watered town of Raglan, before continuing northwards to Auckland. 

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New Zealand – March 17th

Continued from March 15th. (Nothing interesting happened on March 16th.)

One of the best days of my life started at the Otorohanga Kiwi House, a bird sanctuary.  The kiwis are housed in a nocturnal exhibit, and no photography is allowed.. but there *may* have been a time when I was the only one in there, and a few photos *might* have been taken in the small amount of exhibit light available. For a while I just looked at this totally weirdass creature. 

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Ducks, Scaups, Kea, Kakapo, Kaka, Owls, Pigeons, Parakeets, Rails, Teals, Warblers, Geese and Oystercatchers of varying endangerment status were also photographed.

I also got to see Tuatara, a species that resembles iguanas but is just as closely related to lizards as they are to birds and snakes; a prehistoric relic that has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.

The, the Spellbound Glowworm Cave tour started with a bus shuttle across steep, brown grassy hills dotted with farms, underneath which lay the limestone caves.  Here is the cave entrance. 

It may be best to view the following photos in a dark room. Imagine you are on a raft on an underground river in a cave. The only light comes from the bums of fungus gnat maggots (I can see why they call them glowworms) above you and on all sides. The strings you see below are sticky silk that the worms let down- when bugs get stuck on a string, the glowworm eats it and the whole string. 

These photos were taken handheld on a boat in complete darkness with manual focus.

After that cave, we ate cookies before walking through another cave, with some glow worms, awesome cave forms, 200,000 year old Moa bones and Cave Weta – the grasshopper-like carnivorous insect below.

As soon as those tours were over, I got into my van and drove out to Marokopa falls, which took a lot longer to get to than I’d thought, and the sun was setting. I stopped to photograph the beautiful countryside and cows once.

As soon as I got to the Marokopa trailhead, I RAN through the forest to the most wonderful, awe inspiring waterfall I’ve ever seen. It was perfect. Magnificent. It didn’t take me long to take all the pictures I wanted, and for a while I just stood there and admired the beauty of it all.

On my way back at dusk, I stopped at “The natural bridge” which is an archway over a gorge- the only remaining roof of what was once a huge cave. I was again surrounded by glow worms on the sides of the gorge, and the absolute stunning beauty of glow worms on the arch was phenomenal. Oh my glowworms (OMG)! Finally, the moon and the stars were gorgeous in the clear sky. The last photo on the left is a macro shot of a glowworm eating a sticky thread by the light of my flashlight- it’s that brownish horizontal line. 

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SUNDAY at Albany Lindy Blues and Swimming Weekend – Dance Event Photographer

The last day of ALBS was softer, warmer, and more relaxed (see also: Sleep deprived, lazy) but still filled with good dancing, music and friends.

Workshops: Damon Stone and Joy Arico

Band: Nisky Dixie Cats

Hosted by: Albany Lindy & Blues 

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SATURDAY at Albany Lindy Blues and Swimming Weekend – Dance Event Photographer

Part 2; a fantastic swimmy, sunny, late afternoon dance party at Lyons Lake! There was a beautiful sunset, bubbles, an impromptu group photo, fire, poi spinning, and food on the grill. After the main dance inside the restaurant, we went to the Red Square in Albany for some blues dancing in the dark featuring Barbara Howard.  These photos are just the highlights- all SATURDAY photos On Facebook and Online Gallery.

Band – Josh Fialkoff Quartet/Trio

Hosted by Albany Lindy & Blues

 Also see hilarious .gifs of the action here.

Visions – Erin as a Woodland Fairy

Last week, Erin joined me for one of my favorite vision shoots ever! I took her into the woods, laid her down on a bed of moss, and deflowered her. Actually, that’s not quite what happened, but I’ll let these photos speak for themselves. See more of my visions Here and contact me if you’d like to be in one.

Erin as a magical woodland fairy goddess flower crown waif is gorgeous. (Though none of us are surprised.)

These photos most encapsulate the original vision I had of a forest waif in this gorgeous spot on Peebles Island.