‘Owls’ by John Pusateri.

Using pencils, charcoal, and pastels artist John Pusateri creates near photo-realistic drawings of beautifully colored owls. Pusateri currently teaches in the Department of Architecture at Unitec, New Zealand and  has a number of works available through Seed Gall. See more from this owl series in his portfolio. (via devid sketchbook, thnx jessica) via Colored Owl […]

In the Cave of the Glow Worms.

Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above! The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm. Glow worms emit […]

Cathedral Cove.

Image Credit: Photograph by Chris Gin Sunrise lights up Cathedral Cove, an iconic spot near Hahei, New Zealand. The natural tunnel is part of the Te Whanganui-a-Hei Marine Reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula. It also served as a portal to Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. This photo and caption were submitted to […]

Glowworms turn Cave into Starry Sky.

By venturing into the 30-million-year-old limestone caves on New Zealand’s North Island, photographer Joseph Michael was able to capture magical images of the glowworms that call this place home. Against the natural backdrop that the cave provides, it looks as though there are hundreds of miniature, blue-tinted stars, but this is actually the work of […]

Winter Dawn.

An incredibly beautiful capture of  a Winter Dawn in a New Zealand Pasture by photographer Joelle Linhoff Joelle Linhoff has been a Member since 2015 via A Winter Dawn in a New Zealand Pasture | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian.

The Shire of ‘Hobbiton’.

Even before it was retrofitted with several Hobbit Holes to play the part of Hobbiton in Peter Jackson’s adaptations of the classic Tolkien book series, this sheep farm seemed like a perfect stand-in for the famous fictional “Shire,” home of hobbits everywhere. Indeed, its natural likeness is undoubtedly the reason Jackson and his producers chose […]

‘Human-sized penguin’ lived in New Zealand.

The remains of a giant penguin the size of a human have been discovered in New Zealand. The fossilised bones are of an animal thought to have been about 1.6m (5ft 3in) tall, weighing up to 80kg (176lb). It lived in the Paleocene Epoch, between 66 and 56 million years ago. The animal, dubbed “monster […]

Fossils of largest parrot ever recorded found.

A reconstruction of the parrot. The team initially thought the fossils belonged to a giant eagle. Photograph: Brian Choo/Flinders University Fossils of the largest parrot ever recorded have been found in New Zealand. Estimated to have weighed about 7kg (1.1st), it would have been more than twice as heavy as the kākāpo, previously the largest […]

The Te Papa Collection of Autochromes, c. 1911.

Lissa Mitchell, Curator of Historical Documentary Photography at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, explores the work of three photographers creating autochromes in early 20th-century New Zealand. “Cleopatra” in Domain Cricket Ground, 1914, Auckland, by Robert Walrond. Purchased 1999 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa (A.018196). Announcements of the Lumiére brothers’ […]

Earth’s Mythical Islands.

New Zealand’s first sheep were set ashore by Captain James Cook in 1773. At their peak in 1982, there were twenty-two sheep for every person in New Zealand. Nowadays, the numbers have fallen by two thirds and are now estimated at just over seven sheep per person. Photograph: Nick Easton/BBC Kea are the only true […]