Landscape Photography: Cass

I’ve wanted to visit the little red railway station at Cass since I fell in love with Rita Angus’ painting (simply titled Cass, 1936) when I was a teenager studying Art History.

It was – and still is! – my favourite painting. It has a rhythm in the foothills and mountains that speaks of her joy in the place, and the striking shade of red that the station is painted is so iconic in rural New Zealand.

I have seen the roadsign that points to Cass from the main road to Arthur’s Pass and always thought “I should really stop there one day…”. Well, that day finally came.

We were on an escape-from-the-city driveabout to the mountains and as soon as I wistfully said “I’ve always wanted to visit there…” as we were once again driving past the road sign Greg said “Let’s do it!”, and turned the car around. I’m so glad he did, it totally exceeded my expectations and was barely changed (other than the size of the trees!) from when Rita Angus painted it.

I took a bunch of shots (some of which I have in mind for a mosaic piece) but my favourite is the straight-on shot using my Lensbaby Muse (with single glass optic) which gives it an air of softness and nostalgia. The Lensbaby’s system of creating blur also suggests a bit of movement, a subtle homage to the joyous movement Rita Angus has put into the hills and mountains in her painting.

Cass Station, Canterbury, New Zealand. Art Photography by Astrid Erasmuson.

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A day at the beach

A trip to the estuary & beach near Christchurch on a dull, flat, muddy day turned out to be quite a good photography day in the end.

The “Don’t Panic!!” sign still makes me giggle – it was painted on a boat that looked like it had been abandoned (but obviously hadn’t). I hope the owner found the mystery leak!

 

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All in the Past (Part 6) – Prague & Munich

The Final Leg

Next I went to Prague. I chose to visit Prague as photos I’d seen online looked cool – as good a reason as any! From recollection it was a toss-up between Prague and taking a boat up the Danube from Vienna to Budapest. I still wish I’d had time to visit both, but decisions needed to be made, so decide I did. It’s a beautiful city, and very entertaining to explore – more gorgeous architecture, churches, castles, galleries, bridges, cheap (but excellent) food & beer… the list goes on, but the gem of it all (for me) was the House of the Black Madonna. Not only was there fabulous artworks and architecture on display in the Muesum of Cubism, but the Grand Café Orient served coffee equal to any I’d sampled in Europe, and definitely the best cake of my holiday (I’d made it my mission to try cake & coffee somewhere new each day – good thing I was walking as much as I could rather than using public transport!) – light in texture but rich chocolate, with a thin layer of apple conserve on top. Hands down the best cake I tried, and believe me I tried a LOT of cakes.

Onwards to München, to visit a cousin. Conincidentally (well, not that coincidentally, I figured if I was going all the way to Europe and finishing the trip in Munich I could at least co-ordinate it so that I departed Europe in October) the Oktoberfest was in it’s final weekend when I arrived. I dragged the cousin (Heidi) along, elbowed my way in to one of the large tents (it becomes obvious pretty quickly that you’re not going to get in unless you elbow your way to the front of the throng of people trying to get in), shared a stein of beer and a pretzel the size of my head with Heidi, bought an over-priced stein glass as a momento (which survived 30+ hours of travel to make it back to New Zealand (including being thrown about by baggage handlers for about 4 different planes, but did not survive the February 22nd 2011 Christchurch Earthquake) and then left the madness for civilisation (crowds of incoherently, almost legless, drunk people aren’t really my scene. Unless I’m similarly inebriated, but it seemed everyone else was WAY ahead of me there, and the cousin wasn’t overly keen, so… ). I took a day trip up to Hohenschuangau (beautiful countryside, cute wee village, and 2 beautiful castles), and did the rounds of galleries & churches. Then, I did some shopping. As much as I LOVE galleries & properly old churches, after 5 weeks I was getting just a teeny bit over the beauty and the drama.  And a little home-sick. It was definitely time to go home.

I’d love to go back, and to see more of some of the countries I visited than just a major city.

Prague

 

 

 

 

 

München

  

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone. 
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:


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All in the Past (Part 5) – Salzburg & Vienna

Austria

After Venice I travelled by train to Salzburg. Travelling overland rather than flying was great as you really get to see the changing scenery and have a much epic sense of having travelled to another country. Particularly epic for me as I’d accidentally gotten on an earlier train which meant I had to transfer to a bus part way through and then again to another train. I was just a teensy bit worried that I wasn’t going to end up in Salzburg, but thanks to some very lovely Austrian Railway staff, I did. After a few days in Salzburg it was on to Vienna to meet some new cousins and take in the town that my Grandparents knew so well. The new cousins were excellent fun, and in between giving me a series of righteous hangovers chaperoned me around the sites of the city, showing me gems such as the weekly produce market, a Heuriger, and a gorgeous cafe in a vineyard somewhere in the countryside (excellent chocolate cake, if only I could remember where it was…). Having local guides who were keen to show off their city made for a really great visit to the city.

Salzburg

 

Vienna

 

  

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone.
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:


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2012 Volkswagen Nationals

Over Easter we drove down to Dunedin in my 1970 VW Beetle to go to the 2012 New Zealand Volkswagen Nationals. It’s the first time I’ve been to one, so I was really excited – so many VW’s in one place, what could be better?!

Cruise
On the Saturday we gathered for a cruise out on to the Otago Peninsula, then out along State Highway 1 to Waihola, across to the Taieri River Mouth and back up along a lovely scenic coastal drive to the rendezvous point in Dunedin. It was a lovely drive, and great on some of the long hills to look in the rear view mirror and see so many other VW’s stretched out behind me as far as the eye could see. The only pity was that there wasn’t a scheduled stop along the way to get out, natter, and take yet more photos – there were so many scenic spots that would have been just perfect!

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Show & Shine

On the Sunday we did a quick tour of the Show & Shine. It was held at Forsyth Barr stadium – a good venue in many ways as it was covered, but the event organisers had clearly been told not to put the vehicles on the sports pitch in the centre (and not to let viewers walk on the pitch either), so the vehicles (and viewers) were all crammed up in a line around the perimeter of the pitch, making it really difficult to take good photos.

Seeing so many Volkswagens in one spot was great though, it gave me some really good inspiration for tarting up my Beetle when the time comes, not to mention the eye candy of the Karmann Ghias and Kombis!

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Round the Clock! 
On the way to the Show & Shine my Beetle went round the clock (it’s first time, I think). Obviously we had to stop and record this momentous occasion with a few photos!

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All in the Past (Part 4) – Venice

Venice: I loved it. I love water, I love boats, I love old buildings, I love coffee, and I love gelato – so, all in all, the perfect place for me to visit. I wish I’d stayed longer. Acutally, I wished I’d stayed longer, but in a less dodgy backpackers/hostel thing. I ended up covered in bed bug bites. I’m itching just thinking about it! Aside from that, it was perfect.

I spent a lot of time riding the water buses up and down the canals and out to the islands, mostly not getting off, just sitting, watching and doing the rounds. Then, I wandered happily about the streets getting lost, finding the flow of tourists again, getting lost again.

  

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone. 
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:

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All in the Past (Part 3) – Rome & Pompeii

Rome & Pompeii

Next comes Rome. I flew in on a gorgeous sunny morning, to a tiny airport outside the city (Ciampino), I spent 5 days adventuring – museums, galleries, monuments, ruins. Just amazing. I also went on a day trip to Pompeii – the train was pretty nasty, I almost got lost trying to find a connecting train, and I got shouted at by a VERY irate lady at the station but it was totally worth it.

 

 

 

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone. 
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:


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All in the Past (Part 2) – Paris & Chartres

Paris & Chartres

I spent the first 5 days of my trip in Paris, I could have stayed MUCH longer. Galleries, art, architecture, food, wine, people watching…. so much to see and do. I wish I had been a little more adventurous and seen more of France than just Paris, but I think I was still trying to find my feet. Next time I most definitely will!

All in the Past is a series of images that I took over a 5 week trip to Europe a few years ago. It was my first overseas trip, on my own, all alone. 
Well, mostly alone. I met up with friends whenever our paths crossed (in Paris and again in Rome) and spent a few days with relatives in Vienna and Munich.

The rest of the series can be found here:


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