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The many moods of Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka sunrise

Sunrise on Lake Wanaka from the mouth of Bullock Creek near the town center and dinosaur park children’s playground   A summer “chop” on Lake Wanaka from the prevailing nor west winds in summer. The edge of Ruby Island to the right   June 2017 – Black Peak in the back ground of this Lake Wanaka photo,…

Winter Weather Temperature Inversions in southern New Zealand

Cardona Valley Inversion Cloud

Temperature inversion is a reversal of the normal distribution of temperature near the ground, in which a layer of colder air is overlain by a layer of warmer air. Whereas normally air temperature usually decreases as you go higher. There are four types: ground, turbulence, subsidence, and frontal, but in the case of large areas…

Are there more tūī in Wanaka, and other NZ towns?

NZ tui

Over the last few weeks a funny thing has been happening to me re. our New Zealand bird, the iconic tūī. Perhaps because I’ve been able to spend sometime with a few and apart from taking the opportunity to capture the way light reflects from their stunning feather colours and texture, I’ve also used their…

Today’s News: New Zealand native birds in a desperate situation, says Environment Commissioner

takahe

Today a very timely report was released by Parliamentary Commissioner for the environment. Dr Jan Wright. It follows on from a very succinct series of non political reports including the use of 1080 poison to help our birds: In a new report, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says New Zealand’s native birds are in a desperate situation.…

Snow in May does not stay, so old timer skiers in Wanaka say

Fitting chains in the Cardrona Valley

A selection of photos of the early season snow around Wanaka- most of them are in the Cardrona Valley. Click on any image to begin a manual slide show…