Weekly photo challenge: new
This week, in the first weekly photo challenge for the year, we are asked to show something new to us for 2015. Suggestions for this challenge included:
It could be a photo that tells us something about your dreams: a place you hope to travel. Something that represents a new goal you’d like to reach — the house you’re saving up for, the gates of a school you’d like to attend, the cover of a magazine you’d love to publish in. Highlight a new person in your life, and all the possibility that relationships contain. Or keep things lower-key, with an image of an favorite gift you received, an inspiring book you just started reading, your new puppy, or the hiking trail you hope to master.
In this submission I present a series of photos that represent different perspectives on ‘new’. During my break between Christmas and New Year I visited Stewart Island for my first time. Stewart Island is the third largest Island in New Zealand and is the southernmost of the three islands. It is sparsely populated (there are approximately 400 permanent residents on this island of 1680 square kilometres (650 square miles) and has a tramping (hiking) track round most of the island that normally takes about 12 days to complete.
While I was on the island I was prompted to add another item to my bucket list: a number of subantarctic islands including Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands (which belong to New Zealand) and Macquarie Island (Australian property). The flora and wildlife of these islands sounds very interesting and I view a future visit to these islands as an extension to my Antarctic trip from South America in 2014.
Now for the photos that remind me of new (all taken on Stewart Island):