Napier was one of my favorite stops during our New Zealand trip. The penguin rescue centre program and art deco tour were fantastic and fun experiences but I was also just as happy with a hike above town and the black sand beach.
Rotorua was memorable for the kiwi (birds), Maori culture and smelly, boiling mud! I can’t recall where I took this photo but I think it was in a city park. The whitened vegetation around the mud surprised me.
If you recognize this spot, please let me know. It’s near Rotorua city but I can’t recall any other details.
The spits of rain and the wild contrast of light from the clash of menacing clouds with overpowering afternoon sunshine are what I like most about this photo.
A friend invited us to stay at her dairy farm near Colac in Victoria, Australia. She took us on a short drive the first day to the Red Rock Volcanic Complex just before sunset. The land formations were incredible! Not knowing much about Australian geography, I had a hard time imagining this part of Australia filled with active volcanoes.
The same rolling surfaces made up most of the grazing land at the farm along with tons of boulders and smaller rocks. This meant that the easiest way to round up the cows for milking was on foot.
My friend lived near Port Campbell National Park, which includes the famous Twelve Apostles Marine National Park. We were lucky enough to be there in the late afternoon and into sunset.
The power of nature is obvious here. Eventually these limestone stacks will collapse into the ocean.
As the sun set, surfers were still out on the waves. While the water looked gentle, its sound told me otherwise. The ocean is hypnotizing and I could have sat there all night.
What are your favorite things from nature?