Spring time “f” words ~ flowers, feathers, fur seals, festivals and a funeral

It’s been awhile I know, but here we go again posting.

I’ve done a web site revamp too so it’s accepting of more content that’s easily navigable. This blog thing did actually start out a work project… like many years ago I was asking myself; “what is a blog?”, little knowing I already knew. So then it became a challenge to play with SEO [search engine optimisation], but along the way it got a following and has turned into something I really quite enjoy tinkering with.

Here a few diverse photos all made this 2012 spring…

Recently spotted out walking. I’ve been doing some delightfully long ones of late…
Wanaka tulips


Wanaka tulip


Wanaka garden


Even being on my deck is quite a beautiful experience what with clematis and lilac …
clematis and lilac in Wanaka NZ


Trying my hand at “panning” at a high speed urban downhill mountain bike race, held as part of the annual Wanaka Wanakafest…
Wanakafest Urban Downhill MTB race


Over on the coast on a dry day…
NZ gull


Fur Seal in NZ


Lake Wanaka on a moody and damp spring time evening…
Moody Lake Wanaka


Working on my deck with my friend Bill, fixing the catcher for his ride-on mower…
Bill in Wanaka


Spring further west…
Dunstan High School Lodge azelea


Beech forest in NZ

A few months back, just for fun and a change I took on a new job helping organise an inaugural Wild Hearts Festival here in Wanaka. An alternative sort of a gathering held over two days last weekend, but there was nothing alternative about the web site I built for it., and it logged 10,700 page views over 90 days. Many factors contributed, but that’s how it is with good SEO [search engine optimisation].

It was held at the Lake Wanaka Centre…
Lake Wanaka Centre


On the Sat. there was a big emphasis on activities for the children. As I entered the room little Elle in the green hollered out, “Hello Donald”, and it was so enthusiastic and from the heart I was quite chuffed. I’m not sure why, but we always seem to have a connection I find fascinating and rewarding…
Lake Wanaka Centre


Wild Hearts Festival Wanaka


Wild Hearts Festival Wanaka


This young lady was getting a “reading”, but what I was reading was her enigmatic Mona Lisa look…
Wild Hearts Festival Wanaka


Christine and Michael posing as a couple of people engaged in bartering…
Wild Hearts Festival Wanaka


Maree and Jen doing some yoga out in front of the old THC Wanaka hotel. A free session for festival goers…
Wild Hearts Festival Wanaka yoga


http://www.wildhearts.co.nz/


Lastly I’d also like to pay tribute to my client/friend Dave Hall who passed away in tragic circumstances last Sat.
Dave was an aviator of a different sort: pioneer base jump and sky diver in New Zealand and California, a pilot and aircraft engineer, so it was very fitting that his send-off was in the Alpine Deer Groups hanger at the Wanaka Airport to a huge crowd of 500 I estimate.

Pall Bearers on the first walk to his last flight…
Wanaka Airport funeral


I really felt for Hamish taxiing here, taking his employer on his last flight. It was uncanny too: as a mark of respect the airport was in shut-down mode, but as ROK headed away you could have heard a pin drop, as a strong southerly wind meant there was no engine or prop noise to be heard. Hamish then did a slow fly by, then a fast one just above the runway, then climbed steeply in a big spiral, to 10,000 easily. That I tell you was a poignant farewell for me, of an amazing guy and husband and dad! My sympathies to Jools, Max and Maye
Wanaka Airport Funeral

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