The Lost City: part II

Olympos, Turkey, Friday Oct 28th 2005:  Two years after first visiting Olympos (in South-West Turkey) I returned. I was part way through an Athens to Cairo overland trip that would take me to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and eventually Egypt. As it turned out I stayed a lot longer than planned… I ran into “Smiley”soon after […]

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Bridge to Nowhere

New Zealand, October 2013:  This historic abandoned suspension bridge is still hanging together a century after its construction. During most of it’s use (1918-1969) it was toll bridge for this busy agricultural area and the longest suspension bridge in the country-  measuring 477 feet (154.39m) between the two concrete towers. Today it still stands defiantly […]

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Moeraki

Otago, New Zealand, Aug 2007: The Moeraki Boulders are large, spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach in North Otago, New Zealand. Scattered along the coast, either as clusters or isolated boulders, they have been protected within a scientific reserve. The most striking aspect of the boulders is their unusually large size and spherical shape, with a distinct bimodal size distribution. They look like gigantic primordial dinosaur or dragon’s eggs. The boulders are concretions created by the cementation of the Paleocene mudstone of the Moeraki Formation, from which they have been exhumed by coastal erosion. Local Māori legends explained the boulders as the remains of eel baskets and kumara washed ashore from the wreck of Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe. The legend says the rocky shoals are the petrified hull of this wreck and a nearby rocky promontory as being the body of the canoe’s captain.

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Turuturu Mokai

“Turuturu Mokai” is one of the oldest fortifications built by Maori in New Zealand and was fought over during the Taranaki Land Wars of the 1860s. Situated just outside the South Taranaki town of Hawera, it was once a former public reserve and popular playground. However, in recent years the Ngati Tupaia controlled reserve has fallen into disrepair and neglect.

Milt, an affiliate of Ngati Tupaia and Ngati Ruanui, began working at the reserve as a voluntary project manager in mid 2012; clearing rubbish, debris and overgrowth. Leading a team of local volunteers, the improvements have been remarkable- slowly but surely returning the historic pa site to it’s former glory- with neither help from local iwi, nor the South Taranaki District council.

* Cheers Rhian for the use of “Standing In Silence Pt 10” http://rhiansheehan.bandcamp.com/albu…

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Loch Ness

Scotland, 1999: While visiting Loch Ness in 1999 I did what surely everyone else does- some good old-fashioned monster spotting. Although I didn’t get the “money shot”of the legendary beast- just another conveniently out of focus picture- I did perhaps more remarkably, capture a British RAF Tornado fighter jet hurtling down the loch accidentally, whilst taking a photo through a window at historic Urquhart Castle.

The Loch Ness Monster is reputedly a large unknown animal that inhabits Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Popular interest and belief in the creature has varied since it was first brought to the world’s attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings.

The most common speculation among believers is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs.The scientific community regards “Nessie”as a modern-day myth, and concludes that sightings are either misidentification of more mundane objects, outright hoaxes, or wishful thinking. Despite this, the Loch Ness Monster remains as arguably the most famous example of cryptozoology.

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