I did say in last months blog that we will continue to be in the Canterbury area for most of the month but I would make a concerted effort to get out more and explore the area. Well, I did get to see some new places but probably not as many as I should have with various other commitments taking over.....really must try harder ;-)
Some highlights of the month were walking through the city seeing how a lot of the new building is changing the face of Christchurch. It is funny but somehow the botanical gardens are even more peaceful now than they used to be, perhaps it is that they are one of the few constants in the ever changing cityscape.
I also ventured out further into North Canterbury and into, what felt like, the back of beyond. Still after 15 years in New Zealand it fascinates me how you really don't have to go far to find yourself in the middle of nowhere just surrounded by green hills, dirt tracks, sheep and a friendly farmer who seem to have way too much time to chat and an ability to cut a short story long with the best of them!
More students coming on board for the mentoring program which is fantastic. I love working with people and helping them on their various photographic journeys is a real pleasure which also tackles my own perceptions of what makes a great image....never a bad thing to keep learning.
A couple of formal photoshoots rounded out the month and then it was time to hitch up and head into what, I have no doubt, is going to be a very cold few months in Central Otago. That will definitely mean that next month there is going to be a lot more of my landscape photography to share with you.
Until then, here is a small collection of my favourite images from this months adventures.