A visit to the land of the long white cloud

We spent Easter in Auckland, New Zealand. What a lovely place to relax, enjoy the ample beaches and escape the inconsistent Melbourne weather! For somewhere only a few hours away by air it seemed a world away in terms of its beautiful landscape; the cool blue of the ocean visible from just about everywhere and land scattered with the lush green of ferns, palm trees and volcanic mountains. As I am something of a cloud enthusiast I was looking forward to going somewhere known as the Land of the Long White Cloud and I was not disappointed. On the day we went to Piha Beach a long white cloud hovered above the ocean and seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see. Gorgeous.

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Road trippin…

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We had a friend stay with us for the weekend and we took her to see the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road. I’ve been a Victorian for most of my life and this was the first time I’d seen them (shame on me!). I’d waited so long that there are only about 7 left now and so having ticked this one off my bucket list, I have vowed to get to Phillip Island to see the Fairy Penguins, before there are only 7 of them left!

These shots were taken with a few different settings on my fancy new camera. I especially like the ‘diorama’ setting that makes the photo look like a diorama model.

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