Stewart Island, The Last Perhaps.

For a couple of weeks I’ve been trawling through my Stewart Island photos, the result of 4 nights there. None I believe so far that are going to be part of my oeuvre, however I must study them and try to understand why, at a particular point, I decided to press the shutter. I might have just been reminded of something that I had made earlier. It’s called raking the ashes.

The top photo I took returning to Invercargill. I was sitting in the back row of a twin engined, fixed undercarriage, Britten-Norman Islander. This particular aircraft was built on the Isle-of-Wight. The two women in the row in front of me are DoC workers.

The early morning photo below was taken from the balcony of the accommodation I had on Stewart Island. There were Kaka, a forest parrot, and cousins of the alpine Kea, on the balcony waiting to be fed. I fed them dried dates although I heard that they like peanuts too. I probably should have been feeding them forest berries.

Stewart Island Still

In Oban also known as Half Moon Bay, there is a weather station. I’ve often been attracted to these structures at other similar weather stations but this is the first time that I have attempted a photograph. It doesn’t make it yet. It may need to be black and white.

Stewart Island

While on Stewart Island recently, I went on a tour of the island’s 25 kilometres of roads. It may be 23, something like that. Accompanying me were these very friendly Otago University students. Many of them were medical students.

I was a bit concerned that so many of them were quite pimply. I don’t think that I would want a pimply doctor bending over me.


I’ve just been on Stewart Island for four nights. Here is one of the photos that I took. I like the way that the black of this Oyster Catcher is like a hole in the light.