Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Of Rocks and Steel

From the Nelson Public Art & Sculpture Walks (March 2006) map: "Renovations to the original airport building added local art, including stainless steel panels with rock inserts by Darryl Frost. The panels, simulating riverbeds and featuring eddy spirals at the ends, required 52% to be holes for accurate wind distribution. The rocks in the piece were collected from around the region." This theme is repeated in the front entrance of the terminal building.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Wednesday Sky

Sky over the Nelson Mail building, Wednesday 18 July.

You can see that our newspaper used to be called the Nelson Evening Mail; now it's the Nelson Mail so the word "Evening" has been whited out. The current Nelson Mail office is a newer building immediately to the he right of this one.

Saturday, July 28, 2007


Meg will back today! The photo was taken on evening of 19th/July.

Following pre-sets were applied by Adobe LightRoom:
Olycoly Nikon D200 V1 (get it from here)
Creative - Cyanotype
Creative - Direct Positive
Sharpen - Landscapes

Here is a few moment later and I applied my normal post process.

Friday, July 27, 2007


I have no idea what is this net for... At Maitai River along the walk way introduced earlier.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Clock Tower

Post Office, Kiwi Bank, City Council Office... This clock tower is one of our landmark in CBD.
I still don't like this huge BK Sign there.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Looking Towards Cathedral

This is a view from other side of the main street looking at Cathedral.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

From the Top of The Cathedral Step

This is the view from the top of the Christ Church Cathedral Step. You can see the clock tower of our City Council/Post Office building and sea at beyond. (B&W version)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Lollipop Sign of BK

Opposite of this fantastic sculpture, this lollipop sign of BK is elected recently. I with BK will rethink this to be more like some sort of art than such an agree commercial sign post.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ben and I are Separating...

Just for the next 10 days. I'm going up to the northern end of the country today to help a weaver move her looms out of her living room and into her new weaving "shed". And she has gazillion looms! We'll be painting the walls, dismantling and rebuilding looms, and meanwhile I'm stealing any good ideas or color schemes I can find.

Anyhoo, Ben will be holding down the fort all on his lonesome, so please come and visit and drop a friendly "Howdy" to keep him company.

This wonderful ensemble is made with the old carpet from Nelson Airport's terminal building. The story goes that the terminal building was first built, carpet of this design was installed; years (decades?) later, when they refurbished the terminal building, they custom-ordered carpet of the exact same design!! Thankfully, after the recent refurbishments this century, we have more muted colors and a less, shall we say, noticeable design.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


The warning label is starting to pealing off. It says, "Before digging, consult Nelson Electricity Ltd," and has their phone number. I think it should be a little more permanent and hopefully noticeable or artistic!?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Signals Changed!

Nelson City Council recently changed how signal works on the major intersection ahead. That is what this sign is talking about.

We received an "anonymous" comment to our Saturday's post from the owner of "Kaikouradailyphoto.blogspot.com" that we're encroaching on his/her territory. Kaikoura is on the eastern coast of the South Island, famous for whale watching and crayfish, and if a DPexists, it'd be great because we will no longer be the only ones on the South Island of New Zealand. But Meg can't find the said blog in the portal, nor by its URL, nor by Googling. Let us know if you find Kaikoura DP, please.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Crossing Seddon Bridge

It's narrow, rickety, and a little scary, but I love this bridge. This is on State Highway 1, so big trucks traveling from Christchurch to Blenheim, Picton, and on to the ferry to the North Island cross this bridge, too.

Fortunately, we've never had the pleasure of being there when the train was traveling above us.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Art in Construction Site

The art work, "Southern Cross" by Bruce Mitchell, 1992, (Golden Bay black marble) is now in the middle of the Trafalgar Street construction site. Infrastructure upgrade is being carried out throughout the CBD.

Here is the another shot before this construction was started.
I've just recalled this after reading Faye's comment...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Two-Way Bridge

This is a two-way bridge because the trains go on the top, while cars go below. They are building a new bridge you see in the centre of the pic, so sometime in the future, we'll no longer be going though my favorite bridge.

This is south of Blenheim, just before Seddon, on State Highway 1.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Or wood pigeon, just outside my office. This guy's wings were so noisy when he came over. See this Wiki entry for more detail about this bird and better photos.

A few days ago we had ice down south and tornadoes in the Waikato; yesterday it was torrential rain and flood in the top half of the North Island; today, no power, no phone. Parts of Northland flooded in March and just finished repairing all the damage. Here in Nelson, well, we had a bit of low temperature. This is what the clouds looked like yesterday. (The white line shows the top half of North Island.)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Collingwood Dusk

This and Sunday's photo were taken at dusk.

By the way, I just heard on the radio that 40 years ago today, New Zealand currency became decimal. This means New Zealand got rid of Pound Sterling and introduced New Zealand Dollars. They started studying this in 1959, and decided in 1963, so they weren't in a hurry, were thy? Here's more information.

As well, JB said the first currencies were hidious looking, so I went looking for images. There are not great photos, but here are some I found: currency conversion poster, selection of proposed designs, and some more blurbs. Here's a short clip from what I'd imagine was a TV ad. And I heard a hilarious song by a Derek somebody about the conversion, but I haven't found a clip to that, yet. Here's a link to an afternoon programme on National Radio this afternoon; just the very first part talks about the decimal conversion, followed by an interview with a 91-year old original sheep sheering competition winner. I think the song was played before this segment started.

Monday, July 09, 2007

River Side Walk Way

Friday at lunch time; we still have some autumn left. This morning might be the coldest yet this winter, though.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Jetty, Marlborough Sounds

Blythells Bay, Marlborough Sounds. The jetty was shining in the morning light; I used ND8 and PL filers together to get this.
Another shot in here, here and here, which one do you like most?

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Nation's Capital

This is a paddock outside the town of Collingwood in Golden Bay, shot in May. Back in 1859, someone in England thought this would make a good nation's capital. But if you look at the map, you can see it's surrounded by hills and it would have been a hard slog transporting building material by road; back then, the primary mode of transport would have been boats, I hope. Nowadays, it's a quiet little town with one gas station, one pub, a few motels, a camp ground, and very nice beach houses.

(If you click on the blurb above, you can read about it in more detail.)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Details of Thistle Scarf, pick up, by June McKenzie. And it's reversible.

Our Area Exhibit opened last night at the McKee at the Suter. What did I think? Well, there's plenty over here.

Suffice it to say, I should learn not to get so wound up the night before I give another speech at Toastmasters; I finally felt semi-sleepy at 1:45, and I was up before 5:30.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Cloud & Moon

This was shot at Blythells Bay, Marlborough Sounds, not this past weekend but the one before. I just looked up to see the cloud and found the moon next to it.

It's been raining off an on for almost a week since then, and it's hard to remember the clear sky.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Mini Mall - End of June

As at the end of June. Our new mini mall construction has progressed a little; there is a concrete stairway in middle of nowhere. This is taken from the back with two consecutive shots merged into one view. Compared this to shots from March here and here; the Newmans wall was taken down in April, I believe.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

July Theme Day: The Color Red

There's a wee boat race taking place in ValeNZia (Valencia), Spain, you may have heard of. I'm sufficiently interested in it, but not enough to stay up all night watching it; Meg, not so. Although she's all for the Kiwi boys on the Black Boat, (and there are plenty of Kiwi boys on Alinghi as well), if the Black Boat wins, Louis Vitton and America's Cup races will most likely come back to Auckland, in 2011, which would take the shine off of that more widely-anticipated event, the Rugby World Cup. And yet, she hates to watch the boys loose (and even worse, the defected Kiwis win); these are complicated times for her. The Cup might be decided late tonight.

Today is the monthly theme day. To view other participating DP posts, please click on the link below.

Shanghai, China - Mumbai, India - New York City (NY), USA - Manila, Philippines - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Hamburg, Germany - Stayton (OR), USA - Los Angeles (CA), USA - Hyde, UK - Oslo, Norway - Brookville (OH), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Stavanger, Norway - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Joplin (MO), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Selma (AL), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Chandler (AZ), USA - Stockholm, Sweden - Seattle (WA), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Arradon, France - Evry, France - Baton Rouge (LA), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Boston (MA), USA - Grenoble, France - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Hilo (HI), USA - Nelson, New Zealand - La Antigua, Guatemala - Brisbane (QLD), Australia - Singapore, Singapore - Tel Aviv, Israel - Hong Kong, China - Sequim (WA), USA - Paderborn, Germany - Saarbrücken, Germany - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Tenerife, Spain - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Sydney, Australia - Naples (FL), USA - Cologne (NRW), Germany - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Mainz, Germany - Toruń, Poland - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Singapore, Singapore - North Bay (ON), Canada - Jakarta, Indonesia - Montréal (QC), Canada - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Baziège, France - San Diego (CA), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - New York (NY), USA - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia - Sharon (CT), USA - Newcastle (NSW), Australia - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Nottingham, UK - Villigen, Switzerland - Chicago (IL), USA - Torquay, UK - Brussels, Belgium - San Diego (CA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Cape Town, South Africa - Paris, France - Seoul, Korea - Manila, Philippines - Milano, Italy - Austin (TX), USA - Chennai, India - Madrid, Spain - Seoul, South Korea - Wailea (HI), USA - Toronto (ON), Canada - Ajaccio, France - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Zurich, Switzerland - Sydney, Australia - Budapest, Hungary - Moscow, Russia - Auckland, New Zealand - Torino, Italy