This is probably the largest fish I have come in close contact with. Although looking down on him from the boat was close enough for me. The Gaint Trevally or GT for short is a large marine fish found throughout the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific region. It can grow to over a metre and a half in length and a weight of up to 80kg. This photograph was taken in the Aitutaki lagoon. There were at least three or four GTs. Nearly everyone on the boat went snorkelling in the water with them but I wanted to focus on photographing them. That’s my excuse for staying out of the water anyway!
This bright eyed young dog is called Trevor. I met him whilst wondering around the old Chinese Settlement in Arrowtown, New Zealand. He is an Australian Cattle Dog breed of herding dog, originally from Australia. I hadn’t seen a dog with such a bright coat of this colour before. He lived in one of the old houses that had been converted into something of a shop / museum where tourists could learn how to pan for gold. Trevor seemed very happy showing off his large stick to anyone who would pay him attention.
The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana is a wonderfully tranquil place just a couple of hours drive north of Auckland. Having visited a couple of times now it is a privilege to see such well cared for animals. On my first visit I took my camera and met a couple of sheep who were staying at the sanctuary. This is Babushka. She is probably the largest sheep I have ever seen but she loved my camera, as you can see from this pose!
This is Geogre, one of the two temporary resident sheep at New Zealand’s animal sanctuary. Not only are his eyes and horns huge and pretty crazy looking. But he was also one of the tamest and friendliest sheep I have met. He appeared to really like my camera, not sure if that was the first time he had seen one or maybe that he could see his reflection in the lens. His wool coat was also very soft.