Castlepoint then and again..

Castlepoint then and again..


This place can be a enigma. Its a bit of a crountry drive out to the coast from Masterton town but the country side is what you would call typical New Zealand country starting from rolling hills at the outskirts of Masterton to steeper hill country and narrower roads which you share with the trucks and cars servicing the farms and forests to the visitor traffic heading to Riversdale and Castlepoint beaches.

Being a photog the weather plays a big part in planning and time can be spent going over the apps we have nowadays predicting these things but really at the end of the day its a case of if you dont try and just go you dont get anything. Therefore you must be prepared for the enivitable dissapointments.

Case in point would be heading to Castlepoint to try and capture the Rocket Lab launch. On the Thursday on this occaision it was delayed at the last minute because of high wids at just after dark. The thought was if the launch went as planned just on sunset it would have made a awesome shot with hopefully some sunset colours going on. Nope…

The next Saturday they tried again and it went off okay with some high cloud but man did that thing race into the sky. Talk about getting the settings all wrong. Big fat nada again.

So not wanting to let any chance go by have collated the other shots from those visits into this blog post to just prove that its never a waste of time anyway if you dont always get what you thought or planned.

Catching a rocket launch is a ongoing projet as it looks like Rocket Lab is winding up its launch schedule. Watch this space…

1477 Classic Castlepoint Lighthouse
0416 Castlepoint lighthouse
0669 Castlepoint lighthouse evening
0651 Castle Rock at Castlepoint
1447 Castle Point long exposure sunset
1453 Castlepoint at sunset
0649 Castlepoint sunset
1468 Castlepoint fun star trails

That last image i had some fun with. Dont know if it would print well but its nice to do something not serious.

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Social media roundup. Jan to June 2020

Social media roundup. Jan to June 2020


A roundup of the Facebook and instagram posts from January to June 2020. There is no particular order regarding types of images only a general order that they were published. 

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0416 Castlepoint lighthouse
0334 crazy clouds
0632 sunset road
0426 sheep herd
0450 clouds at sunset
0651 Castle rock
0669 castle point lighthouse
3818 misty hills
0693 angry clouds
0749 Ruahine sunset pano
0764 Trig station sunset
0716 sunset fields
3897 Full moon arising
3804 hill light
3929 hills are alight
3764 lone tree sunset
0450 clouds at sunset
1046 Te Apiti wind farm
1139 sunrise at Mount Taranaki
1429 Rainbow farm

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Social media posts from  June  to Dec 2019

Social media posts from June to Dec 2019

These are the images that appeared on the Muzz Handley facebook page from June to Dec 2019. If you click upon a image it will open in a lightbox viewer. To enquire upon any image take note of the reference number and title either at the bottom left when in the viewer or hover over a image with your cursor and a reference will appear. A contact form is at the bottom of the page.

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Hope you enjoy these images. They are not in any genre order. Only in the order that they were published.

1881 Tongaporutu Boulders at sunset
4061 The rainwater lake beside the Desert road with Ruapehu
2115 Tongaporutu Boulders with setting sun
4010 Walking track with fresh snow at Ruapehu
3476 Misty Bowentown beach sunrise
4085 Ruapehu with stream flowing away
2016 Tongaporutu sea stack at sunset
2001 Tongaporutu sea stack
4277 Waihi stamp battery on a misty morning
4318 Papamoa beach sunset walkers
1137 Staircase Falls in the Kaimai Ranges
4238 Genko tree in autumn
2064 Caverns on the Tongaporutu coastline
4254 Misty Waihi town
4433 Mount waves
4451 Pilot Bay walkway
4544 sunset at Waitarere Beach
031 misty Mount track
079 Long exposure at North Rock
0098 Sheep farming in New Zealand
3558 aussie bushfire smokey sunrise
0259 Te Apiti wind farm
0127 Waipunga Falls

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Favourites so far from the Coromandel…

Favourites so far from the Coromandel…

The Coromandel has some of the most spectacular spots in the whole of New Zealand. From white sand beaches and coves  to entrancing waterfalls there is a feast of scenery to take your fancy.

Below is a slide show of some of my favourites. If you fancy a copy of one of them for your place take note of the file name at the bottom left and drop me a line about the next step. Easy as…

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3492 Orokawa Bay selfie
1894 Onemana
4731cathederal cove fire hole
1863 Tokakahakaha Island
3347 Orokawa Bay flax
1816 Spanner Rock
0159 Te Hoho rock. Cathedral Cove
7576 onemana tramp beach
7449 onemana tramp cliffs
4749 Cathederal Cove rainbow
9270 tokakahakaha island
1573 waterfall homunga bay
3313 Homunga Bay Pano
1213 Burke Street wharf, Thames

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Favourites from the Bay of Plenty…

Favourites from the Bay of Plenty…

This is a collection of imagery created over a few years which are my favourites for many varied reasons. There is no real theme running thru but that they all are from the greater bay area and cover a wide gammut of subjects…all have their own story. Most are available for inhouse A2 or A3  prints on fine art papers  or for commercial licensing. Please do enquire by quoting the image title and number found at the bottom left of the highlighted image or by holding your cursor over the image.

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1370 Bridge marina sunset waters
0842 Sulphur Point sunset
5183 port of tauranga tugs misty
2992 Mount beach sunset at Leisure Island
9480 Kaiate Falls
5777 Mount red sunset
9536 Pilot Bay sunset
8723 Papamoa beach sand dunes
7979 Mclarens Falls on a misty autumn day
4318 sunset Papamoa family
3135 Pohutakawa flowers at Mount summit
3103 Mclarens falls park
0900 White tui
7030 Historic stairway at Mount Maunganui
3061 Sunset from the top of Mount Maunganui
0225 Sunset at Mount Maunganui
8733 boats in rainstorm
7330 lifeboat competition
8815 Mount Tauranga panorama
3392 fireworks at Tauranga
5277bridge marina sunset
8859 kauri point wharf

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Bunch of boxes…

Bunch of boxes…

For a small pictoral essay followed the Sally Maersk as it was leaving the Port of Tauranga on its way to Asia on the weekly freight run thru Tauranga of these super container ships. It really dwarfs every thing else around it.

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Old historic wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise…

Old historic wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise…

The old historic wharf at Tokaanu is not particularly easy to find. Only a small sign saying wharf road and if you have a allergy to mettle roads then its not for you. Apart from that you arrive at a park area just at the wharf wondering whos been here before and whats lying around as its a bit secluded. But the bird life is amazing and if you are lucky like i was this time the sunrise is amazing as well.

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3557 Tokaanu Wharf sunrise
3565 Tokaanu historic wharf
3557 Historic Tokaanu wharf
3557 Wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise

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Tongariro National Park wanders April 2019..

Tongariro National Park wanders April 2019..

Anytime we have the opportunity to visit Tongariro National Park it is looked forward to at least a month beforehand. This is partly decided by the availability of our fav book-a-batch but this time it was totally booked up so had to make a change around  but ended up all good.

Usually we plan a tramp where we haven’t wandered before to create new imaging and try a new challenge. So this time it was up whats called ‘Hardmans Ridge’ which for us the start and finish was the carpark for the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Its best to have some one drop you off so thats where family are very handy.

After starting there its up to Mangatepopo hut which is a small way up the crossing track and to the left. Going around the hut its down across the Mangatepopo Stream and up the sidling to reach the start of ‘Hardmans Ridge’. From here we were to follow the ridge line in almost a direct line towards Tongariro summit but before the base of Tongariro we followed GPS cordinates running on a gentler line to the north until we reached a small flat crater to the north of Tongariro. By this stage , about 5 hours or so, looking at the steeper climb over the volcanic rocks to the summit and approaching sunset a deviation to the Emerald Lakes on the crossing track was  deemed a better solution as we were a bit over scrambling up lose rocks etc. Bah to that. Even so it was still some cross country down a gully and across another crater to get to the lakes. Most of the tramping so far was over volcanic rocks which dont make for the best hiking with a decent pack with camera gear on. And was  also was voted the bunny of the day when muscle cramps did their thing just betfore the lakes so some hasty water drinking to rehydrate was in order.Gee that really hurts like crazy. Pity didn’t have any electrolytes. Have remedied that issue for next time.

Dinner was had at the lakes- some stew and potatoe with strawberry ice cream for pudding. Amazing what you can get with dehydrated meals.

To get back to our collection point at the carpark mean’t now climbing Red Crater which is 190 meters of scrambling up what seems like a loose mettle dump. Nearly blew a valve on that one… After summiting Red Crater – that sounds silly – its a wander in the park all the way down. Actually really pleasant as it was so still, totally dark with no moon light and nobody to be seen. Awesome…

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This image is a screen shot from my phone with the GPS hiking app that we use to track our route and also to double check where we are in case the weather closes in and visibality becomes non existant. Very handy. You can see our track where we deviated from the crossing track at Mangatepopo and up the ridge which isn’t named on this map as its all off trail. Actually it makes  a nice round track appart from ‘Hardmans Ridge’  which lives up to its name…

The view of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu from Harmans Ridge about two thirds of the way up. You can see the lava flows on the side of Ngauruhoe and also the alpine plants are just fantastic. You really have to not step on them…

A panoramic made of the lower Emerald Lake just after sunset with the sunset glow still going on. You can make out the Alpine Track on the centre left heading into the distance which up to a thousand people give or take hike every day if conditions are right. Not much growing here…

One of the Emerald Lakes looking back at the steep ascent we made to the top of the Red Crater at top right. The whole thing is like climbing up a big mettle pile…two forward and one back. Phew…

From left to right the first two are  bush scenes from National Park. Next is the Mangawhero Falls on the Turoa skifeild access road and lastly the Mahuia Rapids. 

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The treasures of Taranaki North…

The treasures of Taranaki North…

The coastline of Taranaki and the mountain itself are some of New Zealands most spectacular natural features. Its easy to see the mountain when he stands over the country side but there are some other hidden treasures as well.

Have made a gallery to promote and show case some of therse. To view a image large just click on it. All these images are available as a canvas print or a fine art reproduction for you to frame. Just contact me with the form at the bottom with a description of the image you would like and will be right back to you…

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