Central Pools at Waiotapu

The central pools of the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland in New Zealand are my favourite. This look out is the best to see the majority of the geothermal attraction. The orange area in the top right is the iconic Champagne Pool. Overflowing water from the Champagne Pool brings up minerals that originated deep below the surface. As the water cools, it evaporates and exposes minerals that provide a showcase of colours. This area never looks the same each time I visit, as it changes depending on the sunlight and water level.

Otaki Kite Festival

Otaki Kite Festival

Having missed the kite festival at Otaki Beach for the last few years, I was happy to finally get there. There were kites of all different types. With kite clubs coming from around the country. Even a demonstration from a team that had come over from Australia. These inflatables were the highlight. In this photograph, I tried to capture the variety. Standing ankle deep in the surf to get some reflections in the foreground.

International Boat Show, Darling Harbour

International Boat Show, Darling Harbour

During my first week in Sydney I was at a conference in Darling Harbour. The Sydney International Boat Show was the same week. My nearby hotel meant it was easier to get here before dawn for some photographs of the amazing boats. In the evenings there was more movement in the water and many more people around. With hundreds of boats in close formation it is difficult to know which to focus on and which to exclude. Here I focused on the two dark blue boats in the foreground. In the background you can see the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on the left. The Sofitel Hotel in the middle and Harbourside Shopping Centre on the right.

Narrowboat on the bridgewater canal

Narrowboat on the bridgewater canal

Cruising down the Bridgewater canal on my dad’s boat I see the canal from a lower angle. Being in the middle of the canel rather than on the banks gives a unique perspective. Especially of the other cruisers and narrowboats moored along the banks. This is one of the nicest looking traditional narrowboats I saw. We cruised from Sale Cruising Club up to Thelwall and back. The furtherest we have been on the boat. The Evening Star of North Yorks is a traditional narrowboat.