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Tales From The Backroads

ISBN: 9780473349356

Author: Mike Crean & David Hallett    Publisher: Sandfly Publishing

Few people could know the South Island better than Mike Crean and David Hallett. And if David's photographs tell a thousand words, Mike's writing paints a thous...


Few people could know the South Island better than Mike Crean and David Hallett. And if David's photographs tell a thousand words, Mike's writing paints a thousand pictures. The two former Press journalists have combined their talents to produce this unique collection of people, places, anecdotes and folk lore from the "back roads" of New Zealand's mainland. Mike brings to the task his experience of 10 years writing the weekly Heartland column in Saturday editions of The Press newspaper, from 2005 to 2015. During this time he travelled the length and breadth of the South Island many times, preferring to get off the highways and find the "grass roots" characters to chat to. David applies his well-honed camera art to capture the distinctive character of the South. It is a level of art that has brought him wide-spread renown as a photographer of landscapes, natural science, people and structures. He drove his trusty Landrover over all sorts of terrains to find the images for this book. Tales From the Back Roads delves into many of the little places and the happenings there that enthused Press readers. The stories are newly told, with an expanded cast of characters. The book is arranged in themes that demonstrate the substance of the South Island's identity, from a steel smelter at Onekaka in Golden Bay to a shipwreck on the Catlins coast in South Otago; from a train crash at Marlborough's Blind River to a plane crash at South Westland's Hari Hari. The essence of Heartland columns is maintained in Tales From the Back Roads. This is not an academic history. It will speak to all who turn its pages. As well as taking his own photographs, David has collected historic images from various sources, including some not previously published. Put together, his compilation of pictures adds a vivid visual dimension to the tales that are told. These are tales of the South Island. More than that, they ARE the South Island.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 200 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-10-2016


$49.95
Native Birds of New Zealand

ISBN: 9780473270803

Author: David Hallett    Publisher: Sandfly Publishing

Native Birds of New Zealand is a photographic book of New Zealand native birds that will appeal to the casual bird-watcher as well as the ornithologist. Many bo...


Native Birds of New Zealand is a photographic book of New Zealand native birds that will appeal to the casual bird-watcher as well as the ornithologist. Many books in the past have been aimed at the serious ornithologist, with illustrations designed to show distinct feather patterns but not to create an image that is also pleasing to the eye. The photographs in this book have been taken by David Hallett, one of New Zealand’s leading wildlife photographers, who captured the beauty of New Zealand’s native birds in their natural environment, from the subtropical north to the Sub-Antarctic Islands, and from the oceans to the alpine meadows of the Southern Alps. The text is kept short and avoids the in-depth academic material found in some of the very good reference books on the market. It does include all the interesting facts that set our native birds apart, presented in a short, concise format that makes the book ideal for browsing. With the advent of digital photography, many more birders are now equipping themselves with cameras as well as binoculars when they go into the field, creating an increasing awareness of wildlife photography. This trend, combined with the affection New Zealanders have for their native birds, makes Native Birds of New Zealand a book that will have wide-spread appeal. Native birds of New Zealand was a labour of love over many years. David’s bird photographs enthralled many people, though few knew the hours he spent hidden among the rushes to catch each perfect image. Sadly, David died suddenly and unexpectedly in August 2016. This book is part of his legacy.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 207


Dimensions: 310 x 218 mm


Publication Date: 01-08-2017


$54.95
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