What a great start to the year this month has been. With Christmas and the New Year quietly out of the way it was time to think about what to set our minds to this year now that we are happily settled into life in Central Otago.
My first big decision this year was to get back to a task known as Project 365. For me this means that I must pick up the camera every single day and create an image that I share with the immediate family. This project has two major benefits, firstly I take plenty of images throughout the month to pick from for the journal and secondly that constant practice of seeing really helps to improve my work and ensures I create different types of images.....so far so good :-)
Our other main decision after selling the caravan last year was that we still wanted to get out and explore this beautiful country. With that in mind we set ourselves up for housesitting and were very fortunate to find our first task was to look after a beautiful golden retriever, picture below, in Queenstown. Great to be out twice a day walking the dog and enjoying the beautiful views around Lake Wakatipu. Our second housesit was in Bannockburn near Cromwell which has completely different scenery and some great places to eat.
We made the decision that housesits would be treated like holidays so I have unashamedly taken some typical tourist shots to share as well as more thought out images.
Now that we are back from those duties the early morning walks have continued in our home town and I've been enjoying the valley as the mist clears in the morning around the orchards as well as getting up in the hills during the more dramatic weather to capture the local scenery.
We are undoubtedly very fortunate to enjoy the life we do and become part of this fantastic community in Central Otago.