Endangered Dotterels and Chicks on a New Zealand Beach

New Zealand dotterel

Out of the corner of my eye I see little balls of fluff bouncing and hovering across the beach. These baby dotterels stop to forage for food. Camera in hand, I attempt to focus on one of the endangered chicks although its camouflage makes it challenging. As a result of this lack of contrast, I […]

Photos: Adorable Lambs in Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

Adorable baby Lambs at Shakespear Park in Auckland New Zealand

Adorable lambs are bouncing all over Shakespear Park these days. Lambing season is the cutest time of the year in New Zealand and the Auckland region is no exception. From our house, we can walk to Shakespear Park. This is what we found last week: Adorable Lambs Practical Information: Shakespear Park is one of a […]

Collecting Cockles at Okoromai Bay in New Zealand

Ready to collect cockles (small clams) on Okoromai Bay in Auckland New Zealand

As the tide retreated we could see a few people collecting cockles at the water’s edge. I pointed them out to our Italian AFS exchange student, commenting that it is generally a summertime activity. It was only 12c yesterday, not a day I wanted to step into the water even with protective rubber boots. She, however, seemed […]

Sunken ship – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Sunken Ship on Okoromai Bay in Auckland, New Zealand

S is for sunken ship. Practical Information:  This ship is one of three that were sunk on purpose to create a shelter inside Okoromai Bay on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. The other two are deeper, not visible, and not that near. It can only be seen at low tide, and the photo was taken at a king low […]

Mob of Sheep – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Mob of sheep at Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

M is for a mob of sheep . . .  or maa Practical Information:  A group of sheep is called a mob. (More specifically, a mob of sheep is “a group or cohort of sheep of the same breed that have run together under similar environmental conditions since the previous shearing.”) In New Zealand, a mob […]

Baby Lambs – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

Spring lambs in Shakespear Park, Auckland, New Zealand

B is for baby lambs . . .  or baaa. Practical Information:  New Zealand has the highest density of sheep per unit area in the world. It has more sheep than people. In fact, the country is home to nearly 4.5 million people and 30 million sheep. Springtime is lambing season, and the hills all over the country […]

Photo: Moon Rise on a Cloudy New Zealand Night

Moon Rise over Shakespear Park in Auckland New Zealand

“Wow, look at the moon rise.” I grabbed a camera as I turned, just in time to see the top edge duck under the cloud cover. This time we were on the wrong side of the planet to see the eclipse, yet our super moon rise was still pretty spectacular. The sheep in Shakespear Park […]

Docking Lambs – A New Experience for this City Girl

Docking Lambs in New Zealand

Living on the doorstep of an Auckland Regional Park offers us access to great hiking trails, varied beaches, and farm animals – in this case, sheep and cows. We all know the city girl in me is still intimidated by the cows, even after living in New Zealand for 12 years. No worries, today’s story […]

Coastal Hiking: Interesting Rock Formations in New Zealand

Coastal Hiking in New Zealand

Swirling patterns in the cliffs and unusual rock formations dominate the coastline on the east side of Shakespear Park (Auckland, New Zealand). With a bit more energy, I could actually walk from my house to the steps leading down to Pink Beach. Yet, before last week I had never been here on the outgoing tide, […]

Wondering Why It’s Called Pink Beach? (Auckland, New Zealand)

Is this really named Pink Beach?

Pink Beach is a destination I had somehow missed until last week. We have set out many times along the Tiritiri track in the general direction, but it’s only accessible at low tide. This time we checked the Auckland tide tables and planned around them. Starting from the Shakespear Park campground we climbed, then passed […]

Photos of Frolicking Adorable Baby Lambs

Adorable baby lambs bouncing through the field in New Zealand

There are hundreds of reasons to visit New Zealand and adorable baby lambs actually shouldn’t be too high on the list. However, I asked last week, and the general consensus was that my readers want more cute lamb photos. These were all shot last week, the first four with my Olympus OM-D Em5 and the last […]

Intimidated by Cows I Climb Over an Electric Fence

Intimidated by Cows I Climb Over an Electric Fence

On part of today’s walk through Shakespear Park in Auckland (New Zealand) hubby and I parallel an electric fence. We were well beyond the paddock that held the adorable black lambs. Escape route gone, my rational mind takes over and I know these cows are not going to harm us. They are used to humans. (Even […]

A Black Sheep in the Family: Baby Lambs in Shakespear Park

Spring lambs at Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand includes one black sheep

Black or white, bouncing, bleating, baby lambs make me smile. Despite the chill in the air, this is my favorite time of year to walk in Shakespear Park (A regional park north of Auckland New Zealand). Birthing is just about over and the hills are dotted with happiness. And this year there is a special […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #33 – New Zealand Undergrowth

Fungus on a tree, Shakespear Park, New Zealand - Photograph copyright Sarah E. Albom 2015

New Zealand is well known for being a lush, green country, with plenty of interesting endemic flora and gorgeous forests. I’ve been on a few photo shoots over the last several weeks (mainly to Shakespear Park) and I’ve been trying to take photos of some of the undergrowth I’ve found. My favourites are below: Shakespear Park […]

Planting Day Replenishes the Native Bush to Auckland Parks

Planting Day at Shakespear Park in Auckland New Zealand

Planting Day brings out the best of people. The sense of community is one of the things I love about living in New Zealand.  Despite the rainy day, about 90 people planted nearly 4000 trees in Auckland’s Shakespear Park a few weekends ago. For now, I can’t plant, so I came along with a camera. […]

Intimidated by Cows: How is it a Weekend Travel Inspiration?

Brown cow in a paddock in Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I had limited exposure to farm animals.  Why would I?  Farmers farmed, suburban girls  . . . didn’t, so it’s no wonder I am intimidated by cows. On a recent, rather long hike with my daughter, I cringed as I looked over the next paddock gate. I took […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #32 – Shakespear Textures

Fungi in Shakespear Park, Auckland, New Zealand - Photograph copyright Sarah E. Albom 2015

Across the bay from us is Shakespear Park, and my mum and I often go there to take photos. Because I really enjoy taking close up photos, I thought today I would post a few shots of my Shakespear textures and close ups. I took these photos with a Canon 70D, which I am quite enjoying […]

Photo: Cliffs at the Golden Hour in Okoromai Bay, Auckland

Golden hour on Okoromai Bay, Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

Golden hour* on a cloudy night, the last bit of sunlight sneaking through and lighting up the cliff:   *Just before sunset the colors get softer and redder. Photographers call this the golden hour. To improve your golden hour photography check out these 5 Tips for Golden Hour Photography from the Digital Photography School. Last […]

An Eerie Morning Fog over Shakespear Park in Auckland

Eerie morning fog over Shakespear park in Auckland New Zealand

This is the view that greeted me today, an eerie morning fog that gave a painted look to my photos and started my day with a smile. The white dots on some of the hills are sheep: The sun crept through and dramatically changed the view.  The time between the first shot on this page […]

Everyday Differences: Even NZ’s Paddock Fence is Unique

Paddock fence in Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

As I walked by some farm land this morning I was thinking about how a paddock fence really is cultural, constructed differently in every country. In New Zealand they look like this: Walking alongside this fence, you can tell it is all handmade. PS:  This is the same paddock that had the crop circle – […]

Are Ewe Pregnant? Scanning Sheep in New Zealand

Scanning Sheep today - the blue spot means pregnant with a single. At Shakespear Park, New Zealand

It was an unusual start to the day. I was invited out to Shakespear Park where they were scanning nearly 600 ewes (female sheep) in order to determine if they were pregnant with multiples, singles or “empty” (their words, not mine). As they use the same ultrasound equipment that is used on humans in hospitals […]

Blood Moon over New Zealand: Beauty or the Apocalypse

Blood moon over New Zealand

Often called a blood moon, the red cast during last month’s total lunar eclipse offered me this series: Albom Adventures featured Amazing Auckland from AtoZ for the 2015 AtoZ blogging challenge throughout April, which is why you are seeing these photos today, rather than last month. Why is the moon red ? As the earth eclipses […]

Sheep and Adorable Lamb Photos in Auckland #AtoZ

Sheep and lambs in Shakespear Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Ever since I moved to New Zealand, I have heard countless jokes about sheep. Let’s set the record straight: This is New Zealand, there are more sheep than people by a current factor of six, so we are looking at nearly 4.5 million people compared to just under 30 million sheep (the lowest numbers since […]

Lookout and Enjoy these Views of AmaZing Auckland #AtoZ

View of from the top of the Sky Tower, Auckland New Zealand

Being built on the remnants of 53 volcanoes, Auckland is a city with no shortage of great lookouts and viewing platforms. My favorite is the lookout tower in Shakepsear Park, as it is so close to home. However, for a closer view, I tend to bring  guests to Mt. Victoria or North Head in Devonport.  […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #29 – Memento Mori

Lips of Temptation - a Memento Mori-themed photo where death is symbolised by the coloured apple and the coloured lips symbolise the temptation of death upon the living.

This week, my photos follow the theme of Memento Mori – a latin phrase translating to “remember (that you have) to die”. It is about the reflection of mortality and death, and I am using it for my photo shoots in a photography class I have started at Whangaparaoa College. My latest photo shoot is more specifically based […]