Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Queenstown - Attractive city on show

                                                                                                    Attribution: Claudia
Image: Highland Sheep
Water-color painting - Courtesy of Claudia

                                                                                        Attribution: Bgabel
Image: Bob's Peak, Queenstown (here)

Highland sheep dotting the hillsides
Little specks of whites in the distance
Embedded in greenery not quite but slight
Slow movements not very apparent

Skyline Gondola ascending Bob’s Peak
Expanse of Lake Wakatipu down below
Showcasing beauty of the land most scenic
Queenstown attractive city on show

Shotover jet ride terrifying but terrific
Skimming water’s surface sitting on edge
Driving on lonely roads devoid of traffic
Gladly greeted by strangers rarely met

To be expected of a 4.5 million population
Outnumbered by 40 million sheep in reality
Apparently found only in the South Island
While in the North the culture of the Maori

And hot water sulfur spring and geysers
Brought back memories of Hank’s sojourn
Beautiful sights in the Southern Hemisphere
Fantastic canvas-like scenes of New Zealand

For Mary's hosting at d'Verse Poetics: Sketch it Out- showcasing
Claudia's water-color paintings 

33 comments:

  1. More sheep than people - that's almost scary.

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  2. Wow, that is a lot of sheep crap to clean up lol sounds like quite the spot though as the memory continues to flow

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  3. I love that sheep/human ratio - sounds like my kinda place!

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  4. nice...would be a cool place to visit...that is a ton of sheep though...bet they have a booming wool industry.....

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  5. Creative post about 'sacred in the ordinary' ~ lovely art work!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. Very nice, Hank! I do like that sketch / painting of Claudia's. Really it is amazing to see all the sheep, especially when you have to wait for them all to cross the road! A creative write here indeed.

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  7. A most creative post, wonderful verse and picture,
    Well written Hank.

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  8. i like how you connect the two places... i would love to visit new zealand one day - i think the wide landscape and loneliness and sheep it has in common with scotland

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  9. How nice.. to bring those sheep to the southern hemisphere... Yes we see our own stories in those pictures which is so exciting.

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  10. sheep are so cute to me! I wouldn't mind those numbers... smiles

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  11. That is quite a place...I wouldn't mind checking it out ~

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  12. Beautiful - am just back from the highlands and your words almost took me back there again. Thank you

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  13. You've sketched this scene beautifully and it dovetails wonderfully as a fitting compliment to Claudia's lovely drawing.

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  14. That's a lot of sheep :) cool.

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  15. Intersting similarity inthecontours of the landscape. Unique poem.

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  16. Lovely how you tie the one to the other.

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  17. A laid back kind of spot. be great to visit

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  18. I remember learning that there are more sheep than people in Australia and New Zealand. I have never been to either destination but I have lived in Scotland where there are a lot of sheep too!

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  19. Wow, that's a lot of sheep, thanks for sharing your adventure. Hopefully, not too many sheep will get lost along the way..

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  20. we plan to go to NZ next year. Hopefully !

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  21. I like that there are more sheep than people...sounds like a place with a lot of wide, open spaces.

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  22. I agree with you Hank about the 'canvas-like scenes' in New Zealand. I like how you used the image to generate memories of NZ.

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  23. The Highlands and New Zealand - talk about similarity!

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  24. Thanks for blocking me, you followers certainly know how to kick someone when they're down. Thanks for your past friendship/
    Yvonne.

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  25. I don't think I'd mind so many sheep. The landscape looks beautiful. You had a great time there, right? I like how you describe it.

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  26. I like both pictures you selected and I am ready to go just from reading your words. Really connected your city and the drive out into the country with your write. Thanks enjoyed reading here.

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  27. sounds like quite a lovely place...the number of sheep do make me a bit nervous though.

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  28. Lovely scene Hank. I have heard New Zealand is a beautiful country. Hope to visit there some day.

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  29. Everyone seems shocked about the sheep/people ratio. Before humans decimated animals of all kinds, the same could be said of many animals- bison, cod, carrier pigeon, etc. Excellent write. I chose this piece as well (http://bostonpoetry.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/kaleidoscope/) and I quite like your take on it. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. loved the way you connect the two..Hank:)

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