The Heart of the Milky Way

I am always filled with awe when I look up into a night sky filled with stars.

I live in a city, and my nighttime view is usually illuminated by the lights of civilization rather than by the stars. On those infrequent occasions when I am in a position to stargaze I can usually find a few familiar astral landmarks: The North Star, The Big Dipper, and Orion’s Belt.

So during my travels in New Zealand I was eager to see stars I had never seen before, those of the Southern Hemisphere. Continue reading

Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud

I recently returned from 30 days in New Zealand.

There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this adventure. The best might be “Amazing!” Every single day, without exception, I saw, heard or experienced something absolutely wonderful!

I had been told that New Zealand is a very accessible country, and I found that statement to be true.  I made copious notes, and took over 7,000 photos, so that I can share my experience with others who might be considering a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud. Continue reading