New Zealand Chapter 1

Over the course of the past month, we photographed weddings in two different countries, weathered severe flooding and washed out roads, 12 hour flights, shed a few of our holiday pounds, celebrated Jaime’s birthday, BOTH completely missed our anniversary, drank our weight in delicious NZ wine, and drove over 2000 kilometers across the entire South Island of New Zealand in a borrowed early 80’s Honda Civic station wagon we named the canary for it’s persistent, squeaky rear struts.  It’s been almost two years since we left New Zealand and it is so important to us that our little kiwi gets to return back to New Zealand as much as possible;  he has a such a strong connection with the place. Here are a few of our favorites with more to come tomorrow. Took him three guesses to tell me what would make fishing more fun.  Answer…to catch a fish! Summer Koru – Maori for fern pod as a new plant begins life. Sitting on the lake where he was conceived.  Too much information?  Probably. My posse Lindis Pass – One of my favorite drives through Mackenzie Country, Central Otago Glendhu Bay just outside Wanaka, Central Otago He really deserves his travel badge. No lie, I actually had to de-intensify the image in photoshop the clouds were just too dramatic.  Just to the north and the south everyone was getting flooding rains this afternoon. Our good friend Jimmy Alex in his element Canary Two examples of Kiwi ingenuity:  First, the rigged up waterslide and second, the smoking chimney to the wood burner in the background heating the pool.  Classic! Personally, I’ve never had this much fun at the dentist. And they think Americans are weird? Marlborough Sounds and the Cook Straight from 22,000 feet

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