When we were over in NZ recently we were invited to camp at Lynnore and Andrew's "private" campground on part of their farm where they camp with their friends. We didn't really have time to get the tent out of storage at Grans', so we just went up for the day... and what a great day!
The weather was hot, infact hot enough for kids who live in Fiji to go swimming in the river. The Middlemarch area is also known for the most spectacular and rare cloud formations. Well apparently the cloud that day wasn't as good as it gets, but I thought it was pretty amazing... Lynnore and I headed out with the cameras and took turns with the circular polarising filter and basically agreed to spend longer exploring and photographing another time, though the next time will probably be in Fiji. We were playing with our 10-20mm lenses, so if you think my photo of the dog's nose looks close, trust me... it was really close! The kids played all the great games you play when there are no TV's or electronic games, in fact I didn't capture Tom who was down at the river fishing, then enjoying the wide open spaces on a borrowed bike; or Alice who was away helping with the irrigation (and learning to drive)!
It was a great day, but I will stop talking show a few images that really don't do it justice. Next time (next year) we will bring the tent and camp!
The almost surreal thing was going in less than 48 hours from playing on grassy river banks to sitting in the tropics on the barge we were catching home to the island after our flight. Or am I the only one who finds this sort of thing surreal, is everyone else used to the marvel of international air travel? Certainly it's wonderful to be able to still find a place where you can watch kids enjoying simple play without modern technology... next year....