You should see where I am. NZ is just beautiful

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A gravel road heading off into the distance surrounded by NZ farmland with patches of Northland bush

NIKON D70 - 100/12499 sec, f3.79 at 22mm

Yesterday we went out to watch NAC Insurance International Rally of Whangarei, which is a round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship.

Typically for watching a rally, it was bloody freezing cold. But the benefits of getting to parts of New Zealand that most people would never see more than makes up for the cold. I've stood in dozens of magnificent places around New Zealand, normally with my arse frozen right off, while waiting for rally cars. Photos can never capture the feelings while on a hill, looking out over a spectacular view, while trying to avoid sitting in cow shit. Magic.

The fact that there was 8km of wide smooth gravel road to be savoured on the drive back out to he main road was frosting on the cake. Nothing beats power-sliding the BMW out of corners without the wife frowning at me from the passenger seat, because she wasn't there.

The Photo

It wasn't until I got home that I realized a panoramic photo would have been the business to capture the scene. I guess you just had to be there with us to enjoy this view.

The road is Special Stage 5. The map shows you about where we where if you want to go stand there yourself for a supreme feeling of happiness and contentedness.

Map of the photo location
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Posted: Sunday, 7 June, 2009 17:25

Captured: 2009:06:06 14:20:28

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  • Wow stunning photo man - nice one! Panorama would have been cool alright..
    Charlie - Sunday, 7 June, 2009 17:38
  • jeez could stare at that horizon all day. Powersliding without the wife in the car FTW!
    Tim - Sunday, 7 June, 2009 18:10
  • I'm gonna miss those views
    jameshd - Sunday, 7 June, 2009 19:50
  • Almost makes me want to migrate, just I've never been very attracted to sheep.
    Ken - Sunday, 7 June, 2009 20:49
  • @charlie, why didn't you remind me of the panorama earlier @tim, yep, me too @jameshd, we're gonna miss you and @ken, I've never been attracted to sheep either ;-)
    Dave - Sunday, 7 June, 2009 21:50
  • We only got there because of my amazing directions, but shit it was spectacular. A good day out with a top bloke (that's you DC) - thanks. BTW, you're an excellent driver (think rain man).
    Fothers - Monday, 8 June, 2009 9:19
  • Nice edit Dave. I think a fisheye would have looked good with this scene too. Out watching rally cars rip by. Not a bad way to spend the day I reckon. ... minus the weather. G/
    Glen - Monday, 8 June, 2009 12:26
  • I miss NZ, and this is one reason why.
    Scott - Monday, 8 June, 2009 13:22
  • A small peice of family history: your great uncle Clive used to own the local store at Mangakaramea which is just a stones throw from the picture and we used to deliver groceries thru that area when we went there for the school holidays.
    Ma - Tuesday, 9 June, 2009 16:09
  • 18.3 knots!
    Bardy - Tuesday, 23 June, 2009 23:04
    dest - Saturday, 11 July, 2009 9:05
  • @dest, you're as sharp as a tack, nothing gets by you. But I don't really see what your point is.
    Dave - Saturday, 11 July, 2009 12:37
  • Blog DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Alice - Sunday, 12 July, 2009 15:43
  • 3.3 knots!
    Bardy - Monday, 27 July, 2009 22:21
  • dave, I put a photo up, so should you! shame on you... p.s how is saatchi going?
    James - Thursday, 27 August, 2009 23:02
  • looks very beautiful, nice captured. i'm looking forward to go to NZ soon :-) greetings from the other side of the world
    mel - Wednesday, 16 September, 2009 7:10
  • Wow, can I get a copy - I'd like to get that into a frame on my wall here in Sydney. That's NZ at it's best!
    Jenene - Tuesday, 29 September, 2009 22:09
    ALICE - Wednesday, 30 September, 2009 12:13
  • Nice shot, it'd be nice to see something new (hint). Good to see this shot featured on the Natures Valley "Where's Yours" site as well ;)
    Brendon - Wednesday, 9 December, 2009 6:30
  • Beauty.
    Charles - Friday, 22 January, 2010 8:11

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