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This image was recently published in a calendar. I took this photo at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Paihia which is the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and Maori chiefs in 1840. This is the Maori Meeting House where Maori cultural shows are held. While it did not exist at the time of the treaty, it is a wonderful example of Maori architecture. I used a wide angle lens to emphasize the face of this Maori carving with the Meeting House in the background.

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This is Fletcher Bay on the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island. It was a long drive on unpaved roads to get there, but this view was well worth the long journey. This is the beginning of the Coromandel Coastal Walkway which was a very pleasant and not so strenuous hike with many great views of the ocean. New Zealand is such a beautiful country with so many different areas to explore. I like the single tree in the foreground of this image.

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When we visited New Zealand several years ago we drove up to Cape Reinga which is the farthest north you can drive on the North Island of New Zealand. The parking lot was crowded and there were loads of people at the lighthouse so we decided to walk down to Te Warahi Beach. It was only about a 30 minute walk, but we had the beach completely to ourselves. And what a beautiful beach it was, not even one foot print. You just can't top New Zealand's gorgeous landscapes and with so few people everything is just pristine.

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New Zealand is one of my favorite countries. This is Lake Pukaki on the South Island. It was amazing to see waves on this lake that looked like the ocean. The strong winds coming down the valley create these very high waves. The color of the water is a result of the glacial till from the nearby glaciers which make it such a beautiful color of turquoise. It was such a beautiful sight to see!

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Recently Lonely Planet Publications used this photo in one of their books. I like this composition which really grabs your attention.

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New Zealand is one of my favorite countries. Because it is an island nation it has much more coastline than similar sized countries. These are the famous Moeraki Boulders on the South Island's east coast. To me they look like big turtles marching out to sea, but the name Moeraki actually means sleeping duck in the Maori language. Apparently they saw ducks with their heads tucked under a wing when they looked at these boulders.

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Yesterday I shipped a 30 X 45 metal print of this image to a client in Utah. This client had never been to New Zealand, but she loved the beauty and mystery of this shot. It looked wonderful in such a large format.

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This is the appropriately named "Hole in the Rock" off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. We took a boat tour from Pahia in the Bay of Islands to this beautiful spot several years ago. The Kiwis are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country!

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New Zealand has a very long shoreline and many wonderful beaches, but this is one of my favorites. Cape Reinga is the far northern tip of the North Island and far away from any major towns. It was only about a 30 minute walk down to the beach, but we had the beach completely to ourselves. And what a beautiful beach it was, not even one foot print. You just can't top New Zealand's gorgeous landscapes and with so few people everything is just pristine.

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These are the Moeraki boulders off the southeast coast of New Zealand's South Island. I think they look like a herd of turtles heading out to the ocean, but the native Maori people thought they looked like sleeping ducks which is what Moeraki means in the Maori language. Ducks usually sleep with their head tucked under a wing which is what the Maori saw. It was such a beautiful sight as the sun peaked over the distant horizon!

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