Month: November 2012

Dunedin Botanic Gardens in 3D

One of my geeky obsessions is stereographic photography.  This interest manifests itself in the form of a personal museum of historical stereoscopic photographs and examples of 3D viewing devices ranging from an original 19th century wooden viewer through to an aircraft recognition training tool from the Second World […]

To Shave or Not to Shave

To mark the month of Movember I’ve got some prickly profile shots to share with you from my collection of 19th century Otago photographs, followed by a facial hair inspired parody written by a largely forgotten New Zealand poet. Sadly, the photographs I’m about to share are orphans […]

Guy Fawkes Day 1912

Guy Fawkes Day is among New Zealand’s most bizarre commemorations.  For my international readers, here it is the only time of year when anyone of a “responsible” age can buy and let off fireworks.  The reason for such merriment – to commemorate this foiled plot to blow up […]

Tall Ship Lost to Hurricane

Tempests, waterspouts, thunderstorms and hurricanes have throughout the centuries struck fear into the hearts of many a brave sailor.  The image of a tall ship battling against the relentless elements will be familiar to fans of maritime historical fiction such as works by Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester.  […]