Category Archives: Central Otago

Photographically popular tree in Lake Wanaka

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Often photographed Tree in Lake Wanaka

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The story behind this first blog post – a story of conservation, skinks and old cottages to photograph

Hi, especially if you’re new here! It’s the first blog post on this new photography stock image nz library shop.

During the week I uploaded a couple images of some old historic buildings I’m quite happy about. It all came about because I regularly do conservation volunteer work with New Zealand’s Dept of Conservation, and on this occasion the task was to check trapping lines put in place to protect colonies of very rare [and endangered] species of Grand and Otago Skinks.

Both species are unique to Otago, and are two of New Zealand’s rarest reptiles and are “Nationally Critically Endangered” and could be extinct within 10 years unless something is done like predator proof fences further to the east of where I live in Wanaka. Pockets exist in Otago from near the east coast to Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, and in the Lindis Pass area to the north, which is where we went to a known colony.

Donald Lousley in the Grandview Range NZ

We tend to do our tasks [trapping lines] alone for efficiency, and we carry radios for mainly safety reasons and to know where/when to meet up for lunch and transport etc. This is a self portrait and as the ground was steep it was hard to get into a natural looking position.

Grandview Range skink habitat

They live in very specific habitats – secure, sheltered crevices in large outcrops of schist, known as tors, or in the likes of this bluff system. My line was to the right.

DOC 200 predator trap

Skinks are exceptionally well adapted to the cold upland, tussock and tor landscape they belong to. Here is a trap known as a “DOC 200” on quite steep terrain. Finding each one is a skill to be learnt and involves sight, maps, GPS, pink marking tape, and an experienced “eye” regards where to walk, traverse a contour, or climb down too. Then on arrival as well as clearing dead predators and re-baiting, sometimes repairs are needed too…

Timms possum trap

The Timms trap is one of New Zealand’s most popular possum traps and has National Animal Welfare Approval. It is made of tough polyethylene plastic, is very light, compact, and safe/easy to set.

Grandview Range skink habitat

Even when there’s snow on this sort of terrain as is normal in the winter, if the sun is out, the skinks will bask on the rock ledges and still be able to feed on insects etc…

St Bathans Range and the Lindis Valley

A view of the St Bathans Range and the Lindis Valley from the top of my second line.

Toyota in the Grandview Range

Job done and we assemble ready to drive out.

Stone Cottage - Grandview Range

On the way in I’d noticed a couple of old cottages – worthy subjects for my camera, so on our return I asked if we could stop. We did anyway, and I was lucky to get a good go taking these images, while the others talked to the farmer/owner of the property we were on. He was very interested to know what we’d found on our travels, as its in his best interest farming to have as much knowledge as possible. Image available in the eShop >>

mud brick cottage white wash wall

Photographically speaking I’ve always found a whitewash finish on the likes of mud brick, or brick wall makes for a great textured background. It’s just a pity that this was not a briar covered in red berries.

 

Disused Farm House in the Maniototo

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Disused Farm House in the Maniatoto by Donald Lousley. A sense of desolation ruled as a couple of us circled this disused house in the dusk of an evening in Jan 2014 with our cameras. Who lived here and what happened to them in this land of the ‘big sky”, extreme summer heat, and winters so dry and cold?

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Thank you for your interest in the above low res copy of one of my favourite images. High res. versions are offered for purchase and are on average available in two sizes - small and optimised for the web at approx 1024 pixels on the horizontal/long side at 72dpi, and for printing approx. 3600 pixels at 300dpi, with sharpening for matt paper. Where there are exceptions to this the details will be in the Cart item's boxes.
Shipping costs do not apply [noted as "F" for free in the Cart] as we usually only do digital downloads, based on the assumption that the buyer can take the high resolution file supplied to their own printer and exercise greater control over the finished product.
However if you'd like a print prepared in New Zealand and posted to you please email your requirements to don@likeminds.co.nz for a price inc. shipping.
Occasionally a reply to such an email may not be instant, as acquiring new images in New Zealand's mountainous environment usually equates to little or no Internet access for a few days.
GST inclusive prices are in NZ dollars. Tax Invoices/receipts for NZ business customers wishing to claim back the GST component are available on request via email.
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Thank you. Cheers Donald Lousley

Farm Cottage at the foot of the Grandview Range Central Otago

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Farm Cottage at the foot of the Grandview Range Central Otago by Donald Lousley. Resourceful pioneering farmers successfully used local materials for housing, and with the addition of corrugated iron sometimes sourced from Scotland made for a secure home.

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Shipping costs do not apply [noted as "F" for free in the Cart] as we usually only do digital downloads, based on the assumption that the buyer can take the high resolution file supplied to their own printer and exercise greater control over the finished product.
However if you'd like a print prepared in New Zealand and posted to you please email your requirements to don@likeminds.co.nz for a price inc. shipping.
Occasionally a reply to such an email may not be instant, as acquiring new images in New Zealand's mountainous environment usually equates to little or no Internet access for a few days.
GST inclusive prices are in NZ dollars. Tax Invoices/receipts for NZ business customers wishing to claim back the GST component are available on request via email.
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Mud Brick Grandview Cottage

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Mud Brick Grandview Cottage by Donald Lousley. Cool in summer and warm in winter mud brick construction from the early days has stood the test of time here at the foot of the Grandview Mountain Range in Central Otago

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Shipping costs do not apply [noted as "F" for free in the Cart] as we usually only do digital downloads, based on the assumption that the buyer can take the high resolution file supplied to their own printer and exercise greater control over the finished product.
However if you'd like a print prepared in New Zealand and posted to you please email your requirements to don@likeminds.co.nz for a price inc. shipping.
Occasionally a reply to such an email may not be instant, as acquiring new images in New Zealand's mountainous environment usually equates to little or no Internet access for a few days.
GST inclusive prices are in NZ dollars. Tax Invoices/receipts for NZ business customers wishing to claim back the GST component are available on request via email.
© applies to all images. All rights reserved - LikeMinds.co.nz and the relevant artist. Purchased downloads are limited to 2 times, and do not feature a watermark.
Thank you. Cheers Donald Lousley