I have just done another trip up America's west coast, in the Pacific Ocean. SF to Vancouver, BC. My fifth such trip over about 14 years.
On every trip there are a number of mariners that find themselves in either dicey, or perilous, situations. I'm always amazed how the Coast Guard calmly works with these frightened people and helps them to safety. Comforting to know they are there should I find myself in such a situation (and believe me, ANYTHING can happen out there).
I have written before that my dad was a `Coastie and in fact I was born at a Naval Air Station. Must explain my love of the sea?
Thank you to all our men and women in the services.
Today's post is special because four good friends will wing their way to New Zealand this weekend. Dan, John, Ken and Gwen, what an adventure awaits you!
I'm not sure if I have said it here on the blog, but NZ is one of the few countries I would readily go back to. Our trip (wife and I) was not a photography trip yet I captured many memorable images. Their trip will be, I'm sure it will be nothing short of amazing.
I spent 2.5 days in Milford Sound and it rained nearly the entire time. Yet when I walked down to shoot NZ's most famous place, the sun broke out for just a few minutes so I could make this image. This country has soul.
Kia Ora is the traditional greeting of the native people. NZ, my friends will be your new friends. Treat them well and I hope we will all be back soon.