May: photos post

Posted by Patrick Lam on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Happy first day of winter (NZ)! I think I’ll continue with split photos posts. I didn’t do nearly as many photo sets in May as I did in April, and the hole is deeper, but let’s continue digging ourselves out (?).

  • Sets of pictures posted: 10 (3 on the last day)
  • Total pictures posted: 365
  • Total pictures in selection pool: 1635
  • Accept rate: 22% (min 11%, max 50%)

As always, pictures are clickable to go to the full gallery.

Paradise shelduck/pūtangitangi mama and chick (Zealandia); black-fronted dotterel (Launceston); moon near Crater Lake; through the window; night sky with tree and hut (Waterfall Valley); platypus near Windermere; tarn and Mount Pelion West; New Pelion Hut; newborn sheep baby (credit: MP; Willowbank Wildlife Reserve).

Wellington, 2021:

Brown teal; male bellbird; kākā; floofy paradise shelduck/pūtangitangi chicks; rainbow and radio tower; 18mm vs 27mm (cropped) focal lengths.

Calgary Referee Seminar, September 2023:

Wood duck (Inglewood, Calgary); Urquhart?; Port Mann bridge; downtown Seattle; Seattle dojo.

Sydney and Blue Mountains, January/February 2024 (finishes set!)

Overland Track, April/May 2024:

WLG windowless international Air NZ lounge; Melbourne CBD; MELBO; Pound Bend: warning: aggressive kookaburras; crimson rosella; bouncing kangaroos; galah; Launceston: The National; Tamar Island landscape; great egret; superb fairywren.

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre; cheeky currawong (tried to steal food); deciduous beech leaves; Cradle Mountain; MP, currawong, and Barn bluff; columny rock atop Cradle; me atop Cradle; emergency shelter (or spaceship?); Waterfall Valley Hut.

Barn Bluff from Waterfall Valley; inside Waterfall Valley Hut; boardwalk; Lake Will; likely lichenomphalia; view of Lake Windermere; arriving at Windermere Hut; browsing wombat.

Tree in mist; black currawong; Tasmanian thornbill; broad-toothed mouse; another shovel stored in the forest; waxcap; toilets at New Pelion; yellow wattlebird.

Christchurch, Queenstown, and Doubtful Sound, May 2024:

Newborn sheep at Willowbank (photo credit: MP); where's Cinderella?; Leighs crane; wall art at Tūranga, the Christchurch Library.

Unfortunately, I have 12 new unprocessed days in May and I only removed 6 days from the backlog, so yes, that is a lot of negative progress.

The List

Almost done with 2021 and then the backlog starts in May 2022, with still thousands of 2022 photos.

To do, all from 2021 (days):

  • Zealandia (September 9/26), Wellington Sunset (November 12)

Even more pictures from 2022:

  • [May] trips 1 and 2 to Montreal (judo nationals), not on computer yet
  • [September] Napier (2)
  • [September] Motueka (2)
  • [November] New Plymouth (4 days with more than a few pictures)
  • [November] Radome/Red Rocks/Wellington
  • [November] Remutaka overnight (2)
  • [December] Kereru (03 Dec), Zealandia (05 Dec)
  • [December] Auckland
  • [December] Wanaka Grebes (6)
  • [December] Gillepsie Circuit (4)
  • [December] Omarama
  • [December] Glacier iceberg kayaking
  • [December] Mueller Hut (2)
  • [December] Wellington NYE

And 2023:

  • [January] AMC (6)
  • [May] Montreal and NZ (4)
  • [July] Skyline (1)
  • [August] Petrel Station (1)
  • [August] Rotorua (quick)
  • [August] Ski trip (4)
  • [September] Wellington double rainbow, Zealandia (2)
  • [September] Waterloo/Calgary/Seattle/Squamish (8)
  • [September] Taupō (3)
  • [October] Winnipeg, Scarborough and Sydney (3)
  • [November] Whitireia Park (1)
  • [November] Puke Ariki Traverse (1)
  • [November/December] Ouvea, Noumea Zoo, Riviere Bleue, Aquarium, Grandes Fougeres, Pic Malawi (6)
  • [December] Seattle, Montreal, Nelson (4)
  • Various (5)


  • [January] Nelson BC (2)
  • Various (3)
  • [February] Travers-Sabine (7)
  • [April/May] Overland Track (7)
  • [May] Christchurch/Queenstown/Ben Lomond/Welcome Track/Doubtful Sound (8)