Honeymoon Day 5: Blenheim to Nelson

Day five and we are leaving the town of Blenheim behind. Driving through the vineyards in the morning was lovely as the vines seem to glow.  (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/100th).

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Our trip for the day is mostly along Queen Charlotte Drive. A long and winding road that twists through the Sounds of the area.  The sounds of Marlborough are essentially an extensive network of submerged valleys. This drive whilst not far took forever. It was quite scenic. Blenheim is used as a port and their are areas covered in timber. This is a photo of the port just outside of Blenheim (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/320). I love the colour of the water here.

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Our first stop of the day was at a place called Havelock. Havelock is (according to them) the centre of New Zealand’s green lipped mussel farms and thus everywhere you look are places selling them. We ate a lovely little place called “The mussel pot”. We had a platter of mussels in four different flavours and they were fantastic.

On our trip towards Nelson we began to drive through steep hills lined with pines or rainforest-esque plants. We stopped off for a break at a little picnic place and were treated to some unnamed but very beautiful little areas. The following two photos include a black and white of a group of pines next to a river. I really liked the gloominess underneath them (1ds,17-40, f8, 1/13).  And a panarama of some of the beautiful colours autumn brings to New Zealand. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/60) (Unfortunately at this point in time I do not have the skills to get rid of the street sign in the photo).

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Finally after the majority of the day we arrived at Nelson. Nelson is/or is close to the most northern major town on the Southern Island. Nelson is reknowned for its art culture and its closeness to Able Tasman National Park. Our evening at Nelson was spent looking walking along the long and extremely wide beaches. Today was the first day of many to come where the clouds came rolling in. The beach is ridiculously wide and the receeding water left fantastic patterns in the sand which amused Maegan and myself for a while. These photos aimed to catch not only the patterns in the sand, but the subtle lighting of the evening. (Panarama 1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/400) (B&W 1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/800)

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Our night was spent eating take away pizza from “Hell Pizza” a chain of pizza restaurants that is a little twisted. Pizza was okay, I guess. No Belmontes for those that live near me!

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~ by adamrose on June 5, 2009.

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