Monday, January 21, 2008

Tired Teddy

Yesterday the 17th annual Kite Festival, hosted by Nelson Kite Club, was held at Neale Park. Even for laid-back Nelson, this was an extremely relaxed affair because we were dependent on the wind. In the hour-plus we were there, the wind came and went but tentative at best, which was not a bad thing as we got to see these giant kites go up and come down, and the skills with which, for example, the fliers untangled kites by just tugging on the "strings". These were giant kites, (can't even begin to guess at the detentions) and were weighted down by vans and trucks at the ground end.

Neale park is a huge park, and to the left and behind us were more fields were members of the public could fly their own kites.

As we were approaching the park, the giant octopus was way up high, making us wonder if there was a new construction going on on the hills to the left.

As you can see in this link, Neale Park is right by the sea with only the highway in between and no power lines in sight. The Club said it's one of the best places in the world to fly kites.

Shortly after I shot this, Ben said, "Ahhhh, dead teddy..." I'm glad there were no kiddies within earshot. Naughty Benny!


  1. Neat kites, they do look huge. Not the kind that I had as a kid thats for sure.

  2. Oh yeah, Jim, somewhere between a car and a small house, but don't quote me on that. I'm an extremely short grown-up.

  3. Now that's what I call a colourful experience!

  4. Whouah

    a Photo colored and in the wind

  5. Oh, yes, it was colorful.

    And re. the big octopus, we had a wee chuckle because in the Japanese language, both kite/s and octopus/i are "tako", the words are homonyms. Of course the Chinese characters (which we use extensively in Japanese) for the two are different.


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