from Dunedin (pronounced “Dun-EDEN”), a city of about 100,000 haggis-eating Kiwis set among the green, rolling
hills of southeastern New Zealand. Dunedin
is Celtic for “Edinburgh” and the accent here, with some locals rolling the
letter “R” reflects the area's Scottish heritage.
The scenery here is also like Scotland... and the weather is
too, unfortunately. Come
to think of it, I’ve been in Dunedin for six days now waiting for the sun to come
out -- I'm sure it's up there somewhere.
Hey, this is supposed to be summer!
This sums up how I
feel. These are the Serendipity Singers and Don't
Let The Rain Come Down.
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As I write this, another storm
is rolling through New Zealand and it’s raining and blowing pretty hard
outside. I've been in New Zealand for a
month now and while some days have been gorgeous, it's rained part of almost
every day that I've been here. The storms here in Dunedin have been
especially nasty and the bagpipers are having trouble keeping their kilts down in
this weather, which, unfortunately, is supposed to continue for
several more days.
Most cities in New
Zealand have already received their normal January rainfall (many in less than
an hour) and Kiwis are starting to
grumble, calling this “The summer that
never was.” It's interesting to read the
paper each morning to see what new calamities have befallen the country
with stories about floods, bridge washouts, and hikers in the mountains
trapped by raging rivers becoming commonplace. And then yesterday I saw a guy with a
long beard down at the harbor loading pairs of animals onto
his wooden boat. Hmmm....
Just so you
know, I’m writing this in
a motel room with the heater cranked up all the way. If you’re in the cold and snowy
Midwest now, I’m sure
you’ll be happy to hear that! Seriously though, last night while shopping
in a chilly Woolworth's grocery store, I huddled next to the roasted chicken
counter just to warm up. I lingered there quite a while and I'm sure the girl
working at the deli was
starting to wonder about me.
Waiting for the rain to stop at the Arcadian Motel, my home in Dunedin for these
past six soggy days.
biggest issue for me recently, though, hasn’t been roasted chickens or even
the weather, but rather the
demise of my Canon D-30 digital camera. The
camera problem has been quite discouraging, to put it mildly, and I’ve described
the situation in more detail below.
several reasons, including the "Three C's" (the clouds, crowds and the problems I’ve had with my
camera), I’m seriously thinking about returning to the U.S. in March
to take a second trip around
America this spring and summer, instead of traveling around the world like I had
thought about doing. But we'll see.
right, here’s some info about my camera, a change of plans and, finally, my
update between Christchurch and Dunedin.
Woes, and Dirty Pictures
I haven’t had many
my U.S. and overseas trips, and for that I’ve
been quite fortunate. Other
than not seeing Niagara Falls despite driving around it for an hour (see News:
10, 2001), the biggest glitches
on this trip so far
think my good luck recently ran out, though.
I’ve always loved photography and I take my camera with me just about
everywhere I go... perhaps that's one reason why women keep turning me down for
dates. Anyway, I've shot about 18,000
slides over the past 20 years but last spring, partly because of this website, I
decided to switch from film to digital photography.
It was a pretty momentous decision for me, something akin to a Coke drinker
switching to Pepsi -- or in my case, perhaps the other way.
doing a lot of research I bought a Canon D-30, a 3.4-megapixel
digital camera that accepts interchangeable lenses, meaning that I could use all
of my Canon lenses on the D-30. At
$3,000, the D-30 camera body wasn’t cheap but, on the other hand, I figured I
wouldn’t have to ever buy film again. And of course,
since it was a digital camera, I could easily post photos from it onto
my website. Indeed, I've shot all the pictures posted on this website with
my Canon D-30.
the picture quality of the D-30 wasn’t as good as film, I was pretty
happy with the camera and I especially
liked shooting 200 or 300 pictures a day and keeping only the best ones.
However, as I discovered, the main problem with the camera was that
because you can change lenses, dirt can get onto the delicate sensor -- and
that's exactly what happened.
more and more dirt has been accumulating on the sensor, so I guess you could say that I've been taking a lot of
dirty pictures. Anyway, I tried cleaning the sensor myself but it
didn’t work – in fact, as so often happens when I try to fix something
myself, it made things worse. My only
option now is to mail the camera to Canon in Los Angeles for cleaning, which
isn't really practical. Yesterday I realized that I could no longer use my D-30 so I went into
Dunedin and bought a film camera, a Canon EOS Rebel, and got about 40
rolls of slide film. So, after
shooting 11,000 digital pictures on this trip since last June, I’ve given up on
my D-30 and have gone back to shooting slides.
problem with shooting slides, of course, is that I can't post them on my website.
I got a cheap Samsung digital camera here thinking I could use it for my
website photos, but it was exactly that: cheap. I think with a little
creative cropping, though, I can still use my D-30 for my website. That
means, of course, that I'll be shooting with TWO cameras now: my Rebel
film camera and my D-30. I'll have to see how well that works out.
Jeez, now I definitely won't get any dates!
My Canon D-30 digital camera has been my faithful traveling
companion since I left Portland last June. The images
don't look so great anymore, though, so I've switched to film and bought an EOS Rebel camera. I'll
probably still use my D-30 to post photos on this website.
main goal during this trip has been to play things loose: if I like a place, I
stay and if I don’t, I leave. If you read my entry from Christchurch, you know that I was
getting a little bummed out in New Zealand because of the massive crowds and the
poor weather here. Since
I left Christchurch a week ago, the crowds have gotten worse, the weather has
deteriorated… and now my D-30 digital camera is on the blink, so I'm really bummed
On the bright side, though, the people here in New Zealand are pretty wonderful and the scenery is spectacular -- at least, on the days when I can see
I'm thinking more seriously now about returning to the U.S. in March after spending the rest of
January in New Zealand and spending February in Australia.
I’m glad I came down here because now I know what it's
like, but I think two months in New
Zealand and a month in Australia will be enough for this trip.
entry is getting pretty long so I’ll post my update from Christchurch to soggy Dunedin on a separate page, at January
12, 2002 -- Part 2 (Dunedin, New Zealand) See you there!
12, 2002 -- Part 2 (Dunedin, New Zealand)
1, 2002 -- Part 2 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
1, 2002 -- Part 1 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
24, 2001 (Wellington, New Zealand)
20, 2001 (Auckland, New Zealand)
16, 2001 (Auckland, New Zealand)
14, 2001 (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
10, 2001 (Rarotonga, Cook Islands)
3, 2001 -- Part 2 (Bellingham, Washington)
3, 2001 -- Part 1 (Bellingham, Washington)
18, 2001 -- Part 3 (Bismarck, North Dakota)
18, 2001 -- Part 2 (Bismarck, North Dakota)
18, 2001 -- Part 1 (Bismarck, North Dakota)
6, 2001 (Fort Lincoln State Park, North Dakota)
30, 2001 -- Part 2 (Bismarck, North Dakota)
30, 2001 -- Part 1 (Bismarck, North Dakota)
September 15, 2001 (Bismarck, North Dakota)
30, 2001 (Webster, South Dakota)
18, 2001 (Watertown South Dakota)
17, 2001 (Walnut Grove, Minnesota)
14, 2001 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
10, 2001 (Battle Creek, Michigan)
8, 2001 (12 Days in Syracuse: Part 2)
8, 2001 (12 Days in Syracuse: Part 1)
6, 2001 (Manlius, New York)
23, 2001 (Middleton, Massachusetts)
22, 2001 (Boston, Massachusetts)
20, 2001 (Pomfret, Connecticut)
18, 2001 (Denton, Maryland)
16, 2001 (Cumberland, Virginia)
14, 2001 (Roanoke, Virginia)
9, 2001 (Sevierville, Tennessee)
8, 2001 (Fontana Lake, North Carolina)
5, 2001 (Manchester, Tennessee)
30, 2001 (Hohenwald, Tennessee)
29, 2001 (Corinth, Mississippi)
27, 2001 (Natchez, Mississippi)
24, 2001 (Austin, Texas)
20, 2001 (Canyon de Chelly, Arizona)
18, 2001 (Clay Canyon, Utah)
15, 2001 -- Part 2 (Zion Nat'l Park, Utah)
15, 2001 -- Part 1 (Zion Nat'l Park, Utah)
14, 2001 (San Diego, California)
11, 2001 (San Jose, California)
2, 2001 (Bellingham, Washington)
19, 2001 (Hillsboro, Oregon)
30, 2001 (Hillsboro, Oregon)
19, 2001 (Bellingham, Washington)
5, 2001 (Bellingham, Washington)
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