Back To Reality

Well its back to reality once more after a very enjoyable Christmas holiday in Whitianga with family and friends. These holidays were extra special for my wife, Sonya, as she was celebrating her fiftieth birthday. She and I both got a big surprise when friends who now live in Australia arrived to join us for the holiday, New Years and birthday celebrations.

We were pretty lucky in getting a great spell of weather over the eleven days we were there. Although we did have one night of torrential rain and unfortunately for some who were camping, they didn’t fare so well.

These were taken at the Camping ground on Black Jack Road, Whitianga.  I felt so sorry for them, but at the same time, happy that these holidays we had left our tents at home and rented a house instead.

Copyright © Gregory Young 2014
Copyright © Gregory Young 2014
Copyright © Gregory Young 2014
Copyright © Gregory Young 2014

Most years it is traditional for us to take away golf clubs and have a game most days. This year I chose to opt out and instead use that time to photograph and video as much I could while the rest of the group got their golfing fix. I now have my work cut out for me with over four and half thousand images and video clips to edit, process or cull. What a daunting thought.

I was fortune enough to experience my very first air show with the “Wings and Wheels Over Whitianga Air Show”. This was an unexpected surprise as we had no knowledge of it being on before we arrived in Whitianga. The house we had rented was on the approach to the airport and a great spot for watching the aircraft arrive to take part before the actual event. I am looking forward to sorting through those shots and sharing them with you. Fingers crossed I get something worth while.

Here is one of the places I ventured to while the others played a round of golf. It is from Tairua Paku Hill, Tairua. I’ve title it “Shoe Island Kiss” because it is of the sun giving its last kiss of light on Shoe Island before disappearing on the western hills. In the background is Hogiora (Flat Island), Middle Island, Ruamahuaiti Island, and Ruamahunui Island. Jointly known as “The Alderman Islands”

Copyright © Gregory Young 2014
Copyright © Gregory Young 2014

It was an interesting time up on Tairua Paku Hill with plenty of tourists from overseas and Gods own making to the top. We shared many stories whilst taking in the views of Tairua. I was up there for four and half hours making a time laps clip with the Gopro, so meeting each of them and sharing stories certainly helped make the time go a little bit faster. With very little shelter and probably to much sun, I just hope it was worth it. All been good, I’ll share that in the not to distant future.

Until next time, this is me signing out.

Greg

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