A different Light

The same place, a different light and the wonder of the changing moods as it plays over the Kenepuru… at Hou Ngahere The drama of the big sky, A sense of hope emerging From within the dark clouds…. You can see more of my paintings in the Paintings Gallery above, or at http://www.ianhamlin.co.nz

Fireworks in the snow

   Kate and I had a very happy New Year with friends in Norway. They have a stunning cottage (a part of which dates back to the 16th century!) in the mountains about three hours north of Oslo near the Hemsedal ski resort. After spending four weeks in the very mild and wet northern winter… Continue reading Fireworks in the snow

Planting the seed

The last of the spring planting is done at ‘Hou Ngahere’! We got the final 30 Kowhai trees in the ground (part of the 270 from the Easter planting) before it dries out for the summer.   Now we’re watching the Kereru (Wood Pigeon) shred the older Kowhai trees. Its not all bad though, having them visit… Continue reading Planting the seed

The Hope of Spring

The prunus always gives us the first sign of spring in the garden, and its here now with its delicate blossoms in the cold damp air. The rising energy that the new season brings. It feels warmer and sunnier already! Its the hope of new life… “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds… Continue reading The Hope of Spring

Snow drifts in

It took a few goes at landing and a return to Christchurch to change planes, but we finally arrived into Queenstown for a few days to celebrate Kate’s Birthday in the Mountains…   there’s a real buzz in town for the skiing season, everyone’s having a happy time and it’s magic to be here in the… Continue reading Snow drifts in

We are One

It was great to get into the fresh, clear and wintery air of the South Island and the hot pools at Hanmer Springs. There is nothing like a trip into the wilds to open your heart… “It is essential to acknowledge that the Earth is not unfeeling matter, but a living being that has given… Continue reading We are One

Dance of the Grizzly Giant

While I was at Yosemite I was playing with the panorama function on my iPhone, this one at the Grizzly Giant at Mariposa. This is nearly a 360′ panorama, a fellow photographer saw what I was trying to do and tried desperately to get himself out of the picture…. We had a good laugh when… Continue reading Dance of the Grizzly Giant