Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Watery Wednesday - Taylor's Mistake, NZ





My apologies for not visiting many blogs over the last week or so. Unfortunately I've been battling some type of bug :-( I seem to be on the mend, so I'll be catching up over the next couple of days..

Haven't had the opportunity to get out and take many photos, however my daughter, Christina, in New Zealand sent me some that she took recently, so I'm using some of those...

And no, sadly, the photos of NZ do not mean I'm back home ..... I'm still here in the US..

(Click on any photo to enlarge)



These were taken a couple of days ago at Taylor's Mistake, just out of Christchurch, or so I believe.

Taylor's Mistake was named after the Captain Taylor of the US ship Vulga, who thought the entrance to the bay was the entrance to Lyttleton Harbour :-)

Even on a wintry NZ day, it still makes for a beautiful view out to sea, from the cliffs above.

I sometimes wonder if views like this, was what Thomas Bracken was thinking about when he wrote the lines 'May our mountains ever be ... Freedom's ramparts to the sea' as part of NZ's National Anthem, 'God Defend New Zealand'.


My grandson, Xavier, having fun in a tide pool on the beach..


Another grandson, Logan, practicing his art work. :-)

I leave you with 'God Defend New Zealand.' The water scenes in this video, have me wishing that I and my camera, were back there, walking those shores. ... so beautiful. :-) The anthem is sung first in Maori and then in English.


Have a great week, all :-)

25 comments:

J Bar said...

Great scenery.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Ebie said...

Beach scene is always fun for me, and I see Xavier is having fun too. Please tell your daughter she have great photos and I am glad she is sharing your beautiful country!

Carletta said...

I've wanted to visit New Zealand since I found the LOTR movie was set there.
The video was wonderful!
I love Christina's images - tell her they are beautiful.
Hope you'll be feeling all well soon.
My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

VALKYRIEN said...

My father told med that New Zealand is a wonderful country - he was there in his youth. And now I know he was correct! Loved the video, so many beautiful and magnificent mountains falling down into the ocean! Reminds me a bit of the west coast of Norway.

And great shots from your daughter!

Guy D said...

Excellent photos Karen, thanks for sharing.

Cheers!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Glennis said...

This very good except I prefer the real all English version. I wonder how to get this for my blog. it doesn't seem to copy, maybe I would have to go to you tube to get it?
Some of our best scenery is in here.

mountain.mama said...

NZ is one of my most favorite places on the planet! How wonderful for your daughter and grandsons to be there.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful snaps.
Take care.

Marja said...

Great pictures Captain taylors ship actually sank in Tailors mistake.
It is one of my favourite spots of Christchurch There is a beautiful track to Boulders Bay

Chris H said...

Beautiful scenery from Christchurch... and really the whole country is beautiful ... but then I am biased eh? I live there!

mick said...

Beautiful scenery. Wish I could be there too - I grew up in NZ. Although on second thoughts I'd possibly find it a bit cold now after getting used to Queensland.

Arija said...

Nice scenery, but it looks even colder than our winter in Australia.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Such beautiful views of water and rugged rock, too. Thanks for sharing.

~Lisa

Pam said...

Great post, Karen. Your grandson sure did enjoy himself playing on that wonderful beach.
I liked the video, thanks for sharing.

Regina said...

Wonderful post. Great shots too.

Mar said...

Beautiful, beautiful scenery!
Get well soon :)
Happy WW!

Hood Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous submission. Looks like a lot of fun!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots and a fun post. That really is a beautiful view. Hope you feel better soon.

wendy said...

Those are so pretty!! Hope you are on the mend...summer bugs seem to be the worst!

2sweetnsaxy said...

So glad to hear about the job. Who knows? Maybe short term will become long term. :-) Either way, it's wonderful news!

Mrs4444 said...

I hope you're feeling better...

archiearchive said...

What a wonderful series of images. Spending so much time in the desert, I am finding a primal hunger for oceans. Perhaps I could join this meme and see what happens :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and entering the quiz [even though you have scored the dreaded "hat" for last week:) ]

Manz said...

Hope you're feeling 100% very soon! I've had the busiest work month which kept me from my usual blogging activities.

But I have some spare time now, so I'm visiting my favorite haunts :)

I've been wanting to get back to NZ and this post just amplifies that desire. Not to mention all the TV adverts that Australia have been airing for "winter escapes" in NZ!!

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