Photo of the day - Washed up

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Photo of the day - Taupo Sunset

A beautiful sunset at Lake Taupo just after my amazing sister challenged me to improve my photography. Challenge accepted!

Photo of the Day - Waiting

This little one was hanging around Pre Rup while his “adult supervision” for the day sold artwork to tourists.

Photo of the Day - Makes you think

This photograph was taken at Ta Prohm one of the temples at the Angkor complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia. It was pointed out to me as a dinosaur. I think it looks a lot like a Stegosaurus.

I’m not naive enough to believe that all of the designs and pictures that grace the walls of any temples or buildings represent something seen by the people who built the temples. A kid sketching in the sand out the front of Ta Som was drawing people and his mixed perspective made it look like there was an alien towering over a group of people.

But it still makes me think. Ta Prohm was built about 1180AD by King Jayavarman VII at the height of the Angkorian civilisation. Did they know about dinosaurs?

A quick look at http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosaur/2009/03/stegosaurus-rhinoceros-hoax/ quickly discounts any possibility that dinosaurs/humans existed at the same time. This is a theory I’m inclined to agree with because I quite firmly believe in the big bang theorem (despite the blog offering little to no actual evidence of anything). However, does this mean, that there is a small chance that maybe, the people of Angkor knew about dinosaurs? I’m thinking something like they found a skeleton rather than co-habited with, but it still makes you think… Doesn’t it?

Photo of the day - Tutaekuri River Sunset

Packing up, getting ready to move, makes me remember how much I miss the first place I called home.

Photo of the day - Troll!

Having recently found myself in Wellington I took some time to visit the Weta Workshop’s Weta Cave. That’s where I met this monster of a creature!

A massive fan of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books I was in awe wandering through the shop and mini-museum checking out costumes and props from the films. My partner loved the steam punk gear that was on display and I had orders from the family for maps from the shop. There is even a copy of Bilbo Baggins’ signed contract from in the Hobbit!

Not a fan of Tolkien? District 9, The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and King Kong (2005) are all part of the Weta Workshop scene.

The Weta Cave is officially on my must do list for Wellington. It’s well worth the drive: its about 20 min drive from the town centre. Located at the corner of Camperdown Road and Weka Street, Miramar.

Contact: wetacave@wetanz.co.nz

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