Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Reader's Request Leads To An Internet Trip To Waiheke Island, New Zealand... least thats where it ended. If any of my readers are in New Zealand and can verify this I would appreciate it.

Last night I got an email from reader Rob T. asking about my header picture. Back on Tuesday I was scrolling  through some various wallpapers that I found while searching for the term "Blue Sky Wallpaper".

This picture with the bench was one that I liked and decided to put up for a few days. The weather here has been gorgeous and it kinda represented the blue sky sunshine that was outside my shop.
It also looked like a great place to sit and take a break from the world.

Anyway, when I got the email from Rob I decided to see if I could find the original image and the place the picture taken.  I re-did my search and found the original picture >HERE<.  It's the second picture in the second row.

I then did an image search for similar images and came up with >THESE<  images of which there are 14,500 to choose from.

Being up early this morning and enjoying a good challenge I started scrolling through the pictures and hovering my mouse over various ones to see what the URL was. Most of them yielded various wallpaper sites from all over the world. I just keep going and moved down the page. 

I guess I got lucky on page two or three when I came upon this link on one of the pictures


This is the flickr page of Chris Gin whom I believe is the photographer of the picture! :)

This is the description:

The Lookout

This is Kennedy Point Reserve, Waiheke Island.
I went to this small reserve shortly after arriving on the island, scouting for potential sunset locations. I came away a bit disappointed due to the lack of rocks or anything else interesting on the beach.
As I walked back up the hill to my car, I sat down on the grass next to this bench to have a bit of a rest (hey it was a hot day and the hill is steeper than it looks!). As I looked out towards the sea I realised what an amazing view it was right there and then! I unpacked my gear and took a few snaps while still sitting on the grass. I'm glad I did because this turned out to be one of my favourite shots.
I decided to make this an HDR (3 exposures; -2, 0, +2) to really bring out the green and blue. Hope you like it.

Here are some screenshots of the location from the map in the upper right hand corner of the Flickr page:

 If I have any New Zealand readers that can verify this I would love to hear from you.


  1. Now that's dedication, and to think I pushed for wirecutter for coolest blogger.........
    We get this done for ya this year.........;-)

  2. Hi John,

    Yes indeed this is Waiheke Island in New Zealand :) Well done on tracking it down. There's a site called TinEye ( that's useful for that sort of thing too....


    1. Thanks for stopping by Chris and thanks for the input!



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