Hello from New Zealand. The Legendary H and I arrived something like 3 days ago, picked up the camper and hit the road. We’re now camped in a secluded little spot off the road near Huka Falls on the North Island, and by secluded I mean we pulled in last night and there were kiwi rednecks having a bonfire and looking very much like the words, “paddle faster, I hear banjo music!” would be in our future.
I’m now camped next to a stream drinking the first cup of coffee of the day while H sleeps off last nights camp tacos and Steinlager. These early hours give me time to think, to write, once in a while to make a photograph. I’m slowing down on this trip, trying to re-learn a lesson in receptivity and not chasing after anything in particular. It’s frustrating and if I see the so-called zen master in my subconscious that recommended this course of action I’m slipping him a tranquilizer and going back to my manic, but familiar, way of photographing.
Love it here. It’s serene. Beautiful. They also, it turns out, have sheep here. The postcard above was meant to be proof that there was at least 500 square metres of land unoccupied by sheep, but the little bugger on the top left of the ridge still managed to creep in.
Hope you’re all well. I think we’re on the North Island for one or two more days then we take the ferry and head south. As soon as we landed in Auckland, there was a vodafone outlet selling 3G USB sticks so we’re mostly online when we need to be, which is nice. I’ll drop a line the next time I’ve got a moment between finding the best fish and chips in the country, and looking for the muse.
PS – For those following the trip Jessie and I are taking, here’s a shot of the rooftent that will be mounted to her roof. It’s the size of a queen bed, so it’s larger than the one in my Yaletown Condo! I’ve also given my notice, and it looks like my landlord might just buy my furniture. Talk about leaving no room to change my mind! 🙂