Southern Musings

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…

Mountain Landscapes of late

Tor and rainbow, Central Otago

Immersion in solitude, awareness of self, quietness of the spirit, and sometimes the odd challenge – all these and more are there in our mountain landscapes, just waiting to be seen, and better yet felt. Sometimes we’re so goal driven and yet whatever it was sometimes gets replaced: to get past stinging rain in the…

“The Boss” and Edwin – a tale of two kea in Mt Aspiring National Park

A few weeks ago I was involved in the capture and subsequent banding of a young kea. Probably a male, but that is not a certainty with any youngster. At the time while recording the banding with a camera, I was struck on how he took being held in his stride, and when relaxed started…

New Zealand’s alpine parrot the kea, has the beak and has the brain, but that’s not enough

NZ juvenile kea

New Zealand’s alpine parrot cuts right across the aloofness of a landscape and weather that takes no prisoners, greeting us with life and curiosity that never fails to get us smiling; a feathered and garrulous court jester of our mountains. The birds decline in numbers to under 5000 has been due to an historic century-long…

Bonding with a bird of the night ~ the ruru (morepork) is associated with the spirit world of the Māori…

morepork / ruru

A few weeks ago while sitting with one of my friendly companion kea outside Aspiring Hut enjoying the balmy evening with a cuppa and many moths, a dark shadow appeared about a meter off the ground winging towards my face. We all three of us shared a mutual silence while I processed how come another…