Happy New Year to you all - I hope that this year brings with it good fortune for you all! Due to a family crisis right on Christmas, we were unable to head off into the back country quite as soon as we had planned. The weather by this time was more to our liking and so we packed our truck up and headed north-west to Karamea. Accommodation once we got there, turned out to be our sticking point and as such our time in this area was cut short. Before having to return home we did manage to explore, and photograph, some of the natural features of the region.
Our visit also coincided with a huge swell out at sea so any surfing wasn't possible. We did, however, photograph the result of this swell, combined with high tide, mixing with a rock face.
After staying for as long as possible at Karamea we were forced to move and so we headed to the Catlins. We hadn't visited here for a very long time and were very excited at the prospect! We stayed in one of our favourite bays, Surat Bay, where it is a short walk to the beach and to see the NZ Sealion.
The dude sitting here looking quite indignant was a huge male - I wasn't able to include in the photograph anything that would help with scale, but he was enormous!
Keep smiling and take care out there!