North Island high country. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot on iPhone4, edited with Pxlr Express.
In the language of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people, our country is called Aotearoa.
The original derivation of Aotearoa is not known for certain. The word can be broken up as: ao = cloud, dawn, daytime or world, tea = white, clear or bright and roa = long. It can also be broken up as Aotea = the name of one of the migratory waka that travelled to New Zealand, or the great Magellenic Cloud and roa = long. The common translation is “the land of the long white cloud”. Alternative translations are ‘long bright world’ or ‘land of abiding day’ referring to the length and quality of the New Zealand daylight (when compared to the shorter days found further north in Polynesia). [Wikipedia]
I particularly like the alternative “long bright world” translation. Living in Auckland — NZ’s largest city — I tend to forget how many different landscapes the country contains just a few hour’s drive from home. My recent trip “down country” to visit my dad was a lovely reminder of how much of this land is still vast open space.
Mt Ruapehu, central North Island. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4 and edited with Pixlr Express.
Late afternoon in the high country, central North Island. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
I’ve been home now for almost a month and feel the busyness of the city oppressing me. I can’t escape again yet, so in the meantime will have to be happy with a few stolen early morning moments at the estuary a few minutes from my home.
Early morning at Greenhithe Wharf. Photo: Su Leslie, 2014. Shot with iPhone4, edited with Pixlr Express.
Sally, at Lens and Pens by Sally, poses weekly Photo Challenges. This week’s theme is black and white, so I’ve tried to capture some of the contrasts in light in my landscape.
Here are some other blogger’s take on the theme that I’ve enjoyed: