My name is Mike.
I have always wanted to get out into New Zealand’s beautiful countryside and capture its moods. Finally I stopped procrastinating, bought a camera (Sony Alpha 100)and took some time out from my job.
The first expedition was with my sons around the South Island. Great fun and what scenery! Next came the Coromandel and East Cape. Now I cruise around the Waikato, learning to understand my camera and being grateful for living and being able to create memories.
Ninety nine percent of my photos are straight out of the camera. One or two may have been cropped or darkened.

  • Joined: September 2007



This is a warning to people intending to purchase products on-line. / A few months ago I “won” an auction on e-Bay. It was a Sigma 70-300 / macro lens. / When I paid via Paypal I was informed the item was not in stock. What???As the company was in America, all I could do was email and voice my concern. My emails were not satisfactorily answered. / After several weeks, the item arrived…
Posted almost 11 years – 8 comments


Just a short moan. / I wonder if it’s about time we got rid of apostrophes. I notice examples of their incorrect use every day. They seem to confuse a lot of people. / What really perplexes me is that so-called professional sign-writers often have no idea either. The other day I noticed a bright, very large sign in town. It had no less than six apostrophe errors. Every word ending in an …
Posted about 11 years – 8 comments

R.I.P. Sir Edmund Hillary

New Zealand mourns a man who first became prominent for an amazing feat of teamwork and endurance and won lasting fame for great works for humanity.
Posted about 11 years – 8 comments

Don't leave stuff behind!

OK then. It was my fault. I left my leather jacket behind at the motel. / I didn’t do my pre-flight checks: bathroom cabinet, under the bed, fridge (minibar untouched), bible left in bedside table (unread), under the bed, take shampoo and coffee, underwear and shirt packed away. I had given the room a once-over. It wasn’t enough. The wardrobe was overlooked. I departed, sans jacket. / The nice p…
Posted about 11 years – 2 comments
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