Sunday, January 07, 2007

End of the Holiday

Last night, some of these folks were tidying up their belongings, getting ready to go home, while others were sharing a beer with their neighbors, standing by the fence and looking at the beach across the road. A typical Kiwi summer holiday. The man in the green tent relaxed in either a hammock or a Lazy-Boy-type foldable chair, while the Mrs fussed about.

It's not a great shot, but I really wanted to capture the bittersweet mood of the motor camp without getting right into the faces of the holiday-makers on their last night. Teenagers were talking especially loudly with animated gestures with their new friends; kids were insisting on one last run down the slide while parents stood around waiting. I was feeling nostalgic about thier summer memories already.

Amazing how many had a satellite dish, too. (And it'll be a while before I post a photo with the rubbish bin right in the middle in focus!) At Kaiteriteri Beach, north of Motueka.

7 comments:

  1. oh how i'd love to be able to be on a beach right now and wearing shorts!

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  2. I myself don't like the end of the holiday. I will always miss my last day in Bali last year. I don't know what really made us like that. Is it about a freedom of this life. FYI, it is the end of my holiday. I am too afraid to begin my lecture tomorrow

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  3. Hello,

    My name is Lane, and my partner Jason and I just moved to New Zealand. We arrived in Wellington from San Francisco a few months ago, and we just bought a house here in Nelson and moved in two weeks ago.

    We don't know anyone here yet, so I was seeing who I could find in blogland. :) I'm a photographer, so naturally a daily photo blog piqued my interest! You're welcome to check out my blog as well:

    http://www.pinkelephants.org

    Lane

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  4. Meg, the last days of vacation are always bittersweet. i wish they could last longer. Its like semi-retirement for us with a little more freedom. I like this shot and especially highlighting the rubbish can. Heehee.

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  5. Great photo Meg. I am always amazed at the gear that some people have for their camping holidays.
    These camping sites are becoming rarer as the price of coastal land has increased.

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  6. Nice capture....summer hols seem sooooo long when you're a kid.

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  7. Thanks for visiting, folks. Ben goes back to work tomorrow, and the kid in me already misses him and the fun we could be having, but the housewife/worker in me is relieved because I can reclaim the house and my day-time freedom (NOT that Ben's heavy maintenance even if he was home. Well, he cooked most meals the last 2 weeks so I'm not complaining at all!) But I've got to work hard the next 3 weeks.

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