Pictures without words

13 April 2015
Ben Pentreath

We’re back!  I hope you haven’t missed the blog too much.  (I haven’t… heheh).

What can you write about New Zealand?  We saw so much, did so much, met so many wonderful people, saw so many beautiful landscapes… that it is impossible to write anything without sounding like a cliche, or the opening paragraphs of a guide book. Which is not where we are at.

If you don’t mind, then, the blog this week is one hundred pictures without words. Few words are needed, after all. It was an amazing trip, and those who I need to thank – for being so kind , so generous – know exactly who they are.

But I do want to thank Charlie, for being there. And, let’s face it, after all, for being from there – to a land I can’t wait to discover for the rest of my life, but would never have been to otherwise.


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29 comments on this post


Fantastic photos – some of our old farm at Glenbrook. Our family farmed and lived there for almost 90 years.Simon and Kirsty have done a wonderful job.


Catching up on your travels with Charlie, Ben.
Thanks for sharing, as you do, captured moments and vistas. My favorites here: white truck and shed and ‘Empress’ Flour Mill


Maria Rilosays:

Dear Ben, I’ve been reading all your post for years…

I was about to write you in several times and I didn’t, but now I felt obliged to congratulate you.

I’ve always admire your ability to show beauty in a simple but delicate and so affectionate way. The pictures you show and how you tell about daily routins and moments were always special.

But it seems that something changed. After reading so many posts I notice that there’s something new on your wonderful weekly tales. Your words are more illuminated and your pictures are like a tribute to life…

Not anymore lonely sad-grey weekends nor rainy-(even splendid) Sunday evenings.

Absolute happiness has come to your life and so to our terrible Mondays.

So congratulations on this new period after this apparent important inflection point. I would also like to congratulate the “main suspected” of this new light for choosing such an special person as you ;).

Best regards from Ourense, Spain.


Thank you Maria! That is very kind.


Just breathtaking…


Hello Ben, I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit to the “Mainland” and got a couple of decent non-misty days. I expect you’ve heard that there’s been a big dump of snow down south this week. And for those of you who were a bit puzzled that’s what’s left of Christchurch’s Cathedral, busted in the 2011 earthquake. You’ll have to come back – the North Island is quite different !

Your photos capture such wonderful aspects, I’ve never been but now, after seeing your photos would love to go to NZ. Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs.


So so glad you managed to fit in Sydney too!
Cheers and best wishes.

Found your blog a month or so back – just loving the writing and photographs.

Pierre B,says:

Welcome back to both of you!
Ben, you ARE a photographer (among many other things): so many of your pictures take us further than what they show.


Great photos, try and make it to Dunedin next time


Like many others, I suspect, I followed you on IG, and feel as though I too have spent the last three weeks in NZ. I loved the photo of Charlie and his Grandfather.I imagine you will be returning quite often. Thanks Ben, the magic will stay with you and us for quite a while I think. What a pity you didn’t know PP was so very close…what a meeting over a glass of something that would have been.

Welcome back, Ben & Charlie! I agree with PP, I had the same questions. Is that Mom? Are those handsome boys are Charlie’s nephs, perhaps? Amazing how the scenery looks so familiar, yet so exotic at the same time. The brown retro chair is a real “Ben” touch. the only photo missing, however, is one of BOTH of you, taken by someone else. Ben, you need to learn to be more trusting with your camera and let others have a go once in a while! Thanks so much for the delightful photo-tour of NZ, and looking forward to Springtime-in-Dorset, 2015 Edition, coming soon. 😀






Such beautiful pictures! Makes me long for a reason to pick up and move from tired old Washington, DC. I don’t know you but feel like I do and I wish nothing but the best for Charlie and you.


Breathtaking scenery; beautifully photographed. Thank you.


Incredible photos! My daughter is going to do her fifth year of architecture in a foreign exchange program in New Zealand. I’m even more excited for her after seeing this post! And am saving my pennies to visit! Thanks Ben!


Incredible photos! My daughter is going to do her fifth year of architecture in a foreign exchange program in New Zealand. I’m so even more excited for her after seeing this post! And am saving my pennies to visit! Thanks Ben!


I swear it Ben Pentreath – you have a world class talent for finding mist, cloud and any other vaporous substance that will drift poetically across your photos!

And what lovely photos – telling all sorts of stories and engendering, I’m sure, all sorts of questions and fantasies. Such as, is that Charlie’s Mum? House? Farm? Everything you told us about Charlie, prior to revealing that he’s a Kiwi, fits so well into that context. He looks so happy in the pics.

I was poddling happily through the pics, because I love Nu Zilland and I love the people there, when suddenly I found myself in Sydney. Oh! And on very familiar turf. My house is behind the warehouses on the sixth to last pic…

Welcome back Ben and Charlie.

Phew! Great to have you back, thought you might never return from what looked like sheer bliss. Thanks for painting a very “Ben” portrait of somewhere we should all be visiting. xx


wonderful pictures and positive vibes for this week… thanks !
julien from Brussels


You have a wonderful eye for a great shot. NZ is so beautiful and you have captured it well


Welcome back! Not surprisingly, you have a real eye for photography, as well as everything else. I particularly love the ones from the Mackenzie Highland Show, which really capture the atmosphere. I did a month-long trip to New Zealand a few years ago and these lovely photos have stirred happy memories. I assume you were there too late to see all the lupins growing wild – worth going back in their summer just for that.


Excellent pics. The landscape is very similar to South Africa. Exceptional is that the town still retains its original character, which is reminiscent of South Africa 60 years ago.

oh what stunning photographs….thank you for sharing them with your followers. Glad you had such a good time


How on earth did you drag yourselves away?
Thanks for this- makes me want to go right now


Emotional stuff looking at your beautiful photos (I’m from Christchurch. You have really captured the beauty of the country and gentleness of the people.


The photos look great, hopefully you come to Dunedin next time


So very glad you loved it. Wonderful photos.

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