Fireworks!

For, what I think, is the third year our flat has avoided where the actual fireworks were happening - New Brighton beach - and have opted for more of an overview of the event. 

We carry our moon chairs and hot chocolate up to Victoria Park - wrapped up super warmly, as November is still really cold. 

We laugh as we watch the crowds of people try to drive around the summit road, with car lights motionless as the traffic backs up. 

After 10 minutes (?) it's all over for another year and the traffic is slowly turning around. 

Landscape: Frosty Morning.

We have had two really super frosty mornings this month, one after the other. 

The nights are cold and the mornings are colder. 

I like the contrast in colour tones between the frost in the shade, and the frost melting in the sun. 

This will be the last month of Winter for Nick and I as we are off to Vietnam for the month of August! 

I am looking forward to the warm! 


Landscape: Night of D'Light

The "Night of D'Light" was part of a school holiday kids programme in the Christchurch Botanical gardens. 

It was something that could be enjoyed by everyone - Nick and I were having a great time! 

There were a few incidents of Nick swinging the tripod into me and then I dropped my glove - but we went back and found it!! 

It was really cool to see everything lit up like this! 


Adventures: Queenstown/Wanaka

Nick and I have been talking about making a trip to Queenstown for the longest time! We went for a family holiday about four years ago, and since i've started biking he wanted to take me there to ride the trails. 

And Furg Burger of course! (last time we had Furg Burger a seagull took all of the chicken out of Nick's burger haha!)

We stayed in a campsite that was surrounded on all sides by mountains and turned our car into a tent. 

We checked out the huge jumps on Dream Track, Rode 7 Mile and Rude Rock, walked through the botanic gardens, went to Arrowtown, spent the day wandering around in Wanaka, went on a 3 hour hike in terrible shoes and photographed stars from Coronet Peak. 

I apologise for the amount of photos - We had a really tough time trying to get the numbers down! 

We were updating our instagram (www.instagram.com/endeavourphoto) while we were away, so there are iPhone photos there. There is also a great photo that shows you why one of the tracks we rode is called "Rude Rock" haha!

It was a great trip away - we are already thinking of where we should go next! 

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Inspiration: True Detective, Springtime & DH World Champs

It's been almost two weeks of spring and the weather has finally started to reflect this. 

I notice it most in the clouds. They aren't grey and puffy anymore, just white and wispy.

The sky is the most amazing shade of blue! 

We just finished watching True Detective - I don't normally like Matthew McConaughey, but he was really good. Also see The Dallas Buyers Club - he's good in that too! 

The intro was my favourite part (I have put a link down below!) 

Then we watched the Downhill World Champs in Hafjall, Norway. 

It was brutal, just when you think everything is going well, it's not. Or in the case of Neko Mulally he did quite well when everything was going bad. 

Josh Bryceland was looking set for the win when we took a jump to flat and broke his ankle - still managed to get second though! 

Just a selection of things from this week! 

Enjoy!

The awesome double exposure into for True Detective. 

From Josh Bryceland's Instagram: @ratboy_bryce

Spring blossom montage. 

Spring blossom montage. 

The Weekend 01-02 March

I was gonna do a round up of the "Things to Try" things that I had done during the weekend...

But of course I was sick so that never happened. 

It was the end of our summer... And the weather followed suit. 

Looking forward to some beautiful intense golden sunlight! 

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And this morning our beautiful Queensberry frame and print arrived for our Facebook Giveaway winner - Sally Quickfall! 

Can't wait to send it to her this week! 

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

K.

Adventures - Victoria Park

On Saturday we finally started to have some weather that felt like summer. 

We decided it was a nice night for a picnic overlooking the city (we being Nick, Me and our three flat mates). 

And that's just what we did. 

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The best way to get your stuff from the top of the hill to the bottom ;D

The best way to get your stuff from the top of the hill to the bottom ;D

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Adventures - Castle Hill

It was windy and warm when we left Christchurch. 

There was a bike race happening just down from us and all you could hear were helicopters and a voice over a loud speaker.

It was nice to get away from that into the quiet.

The drive to Castle Hill was an interesting one - the wind was really going for it!

When we got there the temperature had plummeted - jacket weather.

It was so much fun!

Nick was jumping from rock to rock, running around everywhere while I kept my feet firmly on lower ground - it was still incredibly windy and I was finding it hard to keep from blowing over.

The rain came in, but it was nice and refreshing.

We sat in a dug out in a rock and ate our lunch in relative shelter. 

And then home before the rain got really bad. 

We stopped at a few places on the way home too - some pretty fields, a lake and a run down old shed. 

Enjoy!


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Adventures - Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Hello all, It has been a while - but I think we are back. 

We have decided to end "Adventure Sunday" and not limit ourselves to just Sunday. 

Last Saturday we went to Mt. Cook.  

We were joined by Nick's cousin - who was visiting from Japan - and a Japanese student who was staying with his family.  

It was an early start, complete with a MacDonald's breakfast. 

It was fine all the way to Tekapo - where we stopped to show Yoko the church and the beautiful blue-green lake. 

Then it was another hour-ish to The Hermitage hotel, which doesn't look that flash until you are right there.  

Lunch outside on the balcony with a view of the snow capped mountains, before starting the trek to the lake at the base of Mt Cook.  

The walk was chilly to start with - but the sun eventually bet the cool air and it felt almost summery.  

A few stops on the way to the mountain to entice our inner children and play with huge sheets of ice.  

And then we were there.  

I had never seen Mt Cook up this close, and Nick hadn't been here since he was about eight.  

We were in awe of the mountains. 

The water was almost frozen, and there were ice bergs that had broken off the glacier at the bottom of Mt Cook floating around.  

We watched the sun sink below the snow and then decided it was time to move on.  

A Japanese restaurant for dinner - that was amazing and then off to see the stars outside the town lights. 

I didn't think they were going to be as amazing as they were.  

We had to take photos.  

Even though we didn't have a tripod and it was cooling off quite fast.  

I thought that star photos weren't that bad considering the camera was resting on the lens cap and a bunched up chocolate packet.  

The photos don't do the mountain air justice -  it was so fresh. 

It was nice to get out of the city for a bit.  

 

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Experimenting: Lets get good at landscapes...

A few days ago Nick and I decided to go for a drive to find some "windy trees."

The only place we could think of was Banks Peninsula. We were driving around the windy road into fog so thick you could hardly see 3 feet in front of yourself - let alone any trees!  

I happened to spy one out of the corner of my eye, in the mist somewhere and after climbing a gate into a paddock in the freezing cold wind and drizzly fog I found this. 

It was a bit eiree hearing the cows in the paddock but not being able to see them...

I'm no landscape photographer, but I do appreciate a good landscape...

K.

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