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Russell.....from Flagstaff Hill, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. by Roy  Massicks

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Russell – formerly known as Okiato, was proclaimed the first capital of New Zealand in 1840. Governor Hobson was reluctant to name it the capital due to the fact that it had the reputation as being the ’ Hell Hole of the Pacific.’ The original settled village of Kororareka, five k’s south of Okiata was incorporated into the name of Russell a few years later. The name ’ Hell Hole of the Pacific ’ was well deserved as apart from being the main port of the time, it was the base for many whaling vessels to re-supply and crews took advantage of this stay in port to carouse and enjoy themselves.
From the photo you can see Paihia across the water.

Panasonic LUMIX – GH2 at 18mm, 14×140 lens, 1/100, f/8, iso160, manual.
From a single RAW image.


  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakealmost 2 years ago

    What a beautiful view Roy !

  • Thank you so much Renee – the views around here are terrific and we are surrounded by so much history !

    – Roy Massicks

  • 242Digital
    242Digitalalmost 2 years ago

    Nice shot Ray and this little lighter green one on the left is just perfect for the touch of colour variations ;-) – Jeremy

  • Thank you for your kind comments and favourite Jeremy. This RAW image just had a tweak. The overall image was darkened slightly to bring up the bush. Lightness used a fraction to highlight the lighter areas.
    The bright coloured fern is our native Ponga and grows quite tall.

    – Roy Massicks

  • julie08
    julie08almost 2 years ago

    Wonderful :)

  • Many thanks Julie – I do appreciate your kind comments !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 2 years ago

    Great work.

  • Thank you Albert for your interest and kind comment. This is a favourite area for tourists.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 2 years ago

    Terrific picture, Roy. Love the ferns in the left foreground

  • Thank you kindly David – that Ponga ( pronounced punga ) fern in the picture, – we have a few on our proerty that are thirty foot or more high and some have massive canopies !

    – Roy Massicks

  • 29Breizh33
    29Breizh33almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful view over the Bay. Well captured Roy.

  • Many thanks Michelle – you can see Paihia in the background, across the water !

    – Roy Massicks

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic work Roy. Great detail and colour.

  • Thank you so much Myra both for your lovely comments and favourite. It was a good day for photography !

    – Roy Massicks

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 2 years ago

    What a view !..Beautiful work Roy – Love it xx

  • Many thanks Gail – we had a great day out with our two youngest grandchildren and the weather was beautiful !

    – Roy Massicks

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