Out & About: West Lynn Gardens Butterfly House

Last year my son got invited to a fairy birthday party at the West Lynn Gardens & Butterfly House.  He turned the invitation down (at that age where he’s not that interested in going to a girls fairy party), but since I had never heard about the gardens before I put it on my list of places to visit.  We finally got there during the holidays and I enjoyed it so much I snuck down there to do photos another morning while the kids were busy.

Out & About: Wrights Water Gardens

This summer I picked a few new places to explore with my children around Auckland as a part of our holiday fun.  The first place we went was to Wrights Water Gardens. It is a beautiful garden built in a natural gully in rural Auckland.  It was a fun place to wander around as well as photograph with a large number of interesting things to look at from the waterfall and water lilies to the animals, fish and turtles alongside all the plants.

Out & About: Motat Nights

Last week I took my kids to MOTAT Nights, to stroll around and look at the lights and enjoy a step back in time.  The boys loved listening to stories and explanations from Grandpa while my baby girl chased bubbles and played on the phone in the red phone booth.  Here are a few of my favourite shots from the evening.

Out & About: Syria

Just over 10 years ago I had the incredible opportunity to take a trip to Syria.  For various reasons it has a bit of a bad reputation now, but I wanted to share with you a few of the photos I took of Syria in the past.  The Syria I remember is full of hospitable, friendly people, beautiful heritage and diverse landscape.  Here are just a few shots of Damascus, Palmyra and the desert.

Out & About: Cornwall Park

I have lived in Auckland for three years now and find that I have not really explored it, I guess settling a young family made me a bit preoccupied.  Now that my youngest has started kindy I have decided that I want to get out and about more and explore some of the parks and attractions.  My first expedition was to Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill.    It’s a great place to go for a walk, take the kids to play or meet up for coffee and enjoy a bit of nature in the middle of the city.


Out & About: Cairo

I spent the first 6 years of my married life living in Cairo – know as mother of the world.  It captured my heart and imagination as I wandered the streets looking up at towering minarets and listening to the call to prayer, ducking through old doors and hailing a cab from street corners.  Going around every corner and crossing every street was an adventure and new experience and although I did not capture enough of this city that became my home I will share a few shots here of some of the places I visited during my days there.  Continue reading

Out & About: Auckland Zoo

Over the Christmas break I saw a little point and shoot camera on sale 1/2 price and decided to upgrade and pass my old point and shoot that I rarely used on to my Mum.  As it was summer holidays and my little girls 3rd birthday we decided to take her on her first trip to the zoo.  With three kids and the grandparents in tow we explored the Auckland Zoo armed only with my new point and shoot and ALOT of snacks to keep the kids going for the day.  Despite spending the most part of the day chasing after three kids and getting pulled in different directions I did manage to take a few photos and was quite happy with the result.  I am looking forward to going another time on a solo mission armed with more camera gear a less food.