Donald Lousley

Braided river bird survey – Hunter Valley, Otago NZ

Over the last several years I’ve been fortunate as a volunteer to take part in several braided river bird surveys in Wanaka / Mt Aspiring National Park area, with the Dept of Conservation. Notably the Makarora and Matukituki rivers, but this week saw my first one in the Hunter river valley that feeds Lake Hawea.…

Desert memorial…

  Awesome memorial in the desert, but I can’t figure out why the shifting sands don’t cover all it’s stones etc. See what you think… A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I…

Nevis River Valley dam plan blocked…

As a regular recreational user of the amazingly beautiful Nevis River valley I’m  rather delighted about this: A controversial plan to dam Central Otago’s Nevis River for hydro power has been blocked by the Government.Environment Minister Amy Adams said today that a dam or diversion on the lower Nevis River would have major negative effects.…

Not Resisting Resistance…

Good advice here! Thought I’d share it as it’s something I discovered in the mountains where weather etc. introduced the futility of resisting nature when she’s in full cry. It’s something we can apply to our everyday lives… The building where I used to run a meditation group was on the same street as a…