"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


just like lord of the rings

(10 points to whomever catches the reference in the title of this post.) We went to New Zealand for Christmas. It's spectacularly beautiful. And there are lots of sheep. Click on any picture to enlarge.

Sailing on Auckland Harbor:

I saw Lord of the Rings on a plane once, but I accidentally watched it out-of-order, so I don't know what anything is. This is something from the movie involving Gandalf walking in hills?

Milford Sound, which is actually a fjord. It's hard to explain how remote and steep those walls are. As one of our guidebooks said, it feels like the bottom of the world.

Seals in the Milford Sound. They are one of two species of mammal that are native to New Zealand.

These are lupines, a cousin of the Texas bluebonnet. They are considered to be weeds.

You can't get dinner from most restaurants on Christmas Day, but you can get delivery from Hell. Pizza. We did not order the "Mordor."

A glacier on Mt. Cook, the highest peak (12,225 or so feet) in New Zealand

A nice view from the helicopter at Mt. Cook

Lupines and glacial water at Lake Tekapo

Braided river systems run multiple channels in one riverbed. They're unique to New Zealand, British Columbia, and a couple of other places in the world.

Unreal colors near the Canterbury Plain

In what may be the highlight of my life this far, we got to see a Bollywood film being made while we waited for our turn to punt upon the Avon River in Christchurch. The only thing that could've made it better would have been for two hundred Indians to start singing and dancing in the middle of the street.

Christchurch Cathedral


Anonymous Kristin said...

looks amazing!

Monday, January 12, 2009 8:16:00 AM

Blogger haitianministries said...

If heaven is a place on earth, then we're definitely all headed to to New Zealand when we die!

Monday, January 12, 2009 12:48:00 PM

Blogger Ann said...


How did you get the life you lead?

Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:44:00 PM


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