All the pictures on our pages provide information of where they were taken etc. if you hover a cursor over them on a computer and a click/tap will open a larger image as an Overlay with associated information. As you are using a computer popup windows may be an option. More...
All the pictures on our pages provide details of where they were taken if you hover a cursor over them on a computer and they can all be clicked/tapped to open a larger version as an Overlay More....
For most users the Overlay type of image display is the best, it shows background information about where the picture was take and you can click/tap the left and right sides to move to the last/next picture which will have been preloaded to display quickly. The number of the picture and total number is also displayed along with the image name. Usually the total number of pictures in the 'gallery' is every picture on the page but I have an option to split the pictures into groups ie when there are several different places or subjects on the page.
The popup option (only available on computers) has the advantage that they can be positioned to the side allow access to the page, popups are however now blocked on many browsers and is really only present for existing users who are used to it. Use Settings if you really want to try it. Less...
We kept planning to take a break from doing our holiday write ups and the New Zealand travelogues last two years have been considerably cut back as we have concentrated on the cruises to New Zealand with Cunard. It does not seem to be working as yet again it has only been a week or two before we have been contacted by some of our usual recipients asking when we were starting so it looks like we will have to carry on. These travelogues are written as we go. They started as a regular series of lighthearted Emails sent out as "News from The Antipodes" where the text was written on a palmtop and copied into the emails with little polishing and only a superficial spell check. They are being written on our MSI Wind U100 Netbooks running Linux for security on the move. We have been slow starting as Pauline has once more started OU teaching and had a lot to do at the start of each course.
The first week in North Island was mostly visiting friends, including our relations so we have not covered that period in great detail but refer back to past write-ups when esential. We will concentrate on South Island which we last went to in 2008. The first part this year (2012) will probably go out as an email but after that we plan to repeated the approach we have used for the last couple of years and uplifted them as we went to our web site and limited the emails to a summary. At the time I am writing I have virtually completed the initial time in North Island and all of South Island using some of best old pictures with 250 new pictures added.
We have added pictures as we go, mainly from our Canon A720 IS cameras. We also try to reuse the best previous pictures from earlier years, old film and some stills from Peter's digital video camera.
All the pictures on the pages provide details of where they were taken if you hover the cursor over them and they can all be clicked to open a larger version in a popup window. The popup windows are reused and then closed up when you leave the page so you do not need to close them. Our digital pictures (going back to 2004) are in two resolutions and the initial size depends on your screen size. You can chose the small size if you have a slow internet connection or want to restrict data flow on a mobile connection. Click here for high detail popup images and click here for lower resolution images. You can also toggle the resolution by double-clicking an image but it may take an extra click to display the picture in the new size on some browsers. With some systems you may be asked to if you wish to allow popup windows as a protection against adverts.
The Popups for pictures on www.pcurtis.com and www.uniquelynz.com work well with reasonably recent versions of most of the mainstream browsers, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. That is all the browsers with more than 2% market share. There are however various factors such as security suites which can cause problems. The page More about Popups covers ways of getting the best from my pages on most systems as well as providing some additional backgrond.
Another factor to be considered is that many of the pages have a lot of detail. The first time you visit them they can be slow to load unless you have broadband, even with the small pictures. You should have text in seconds but the last pictures may take a while to fill in and it is best to wait before clicking on the popups - you may have to refresh some browsers to get the last icons filled in if you interrupt them too early.
After each visit we also try to extract more from the chronological organisation and consolidate the content into specific pages. Some background pages which may be of interest are:
New Zealand Wines, Wineries and Vineyard Restaurants - brings together our favourite vineyards to visit. Selection is not solely the on the quality of the wine but is biased towards those with good vineyard restaurants, magnificent scenery and a friendly and helpful approach.
Kauri, both logging and the gathering and use of it's gum forms another unique part of New Zealand history worthy of investigation.
Active Thermal Areas - New Zealand is also an area which is very active geologically and has a number of fascinating thermal areas, predominantly North Island.
Maori Culture and Heritage - One can not fully understand and appreciate New Zealand without gaining some understanding of the Maori Culture and Heritage and the interactions with the first settlers and their way of life.
Sailing in New Zealand - An Introduction to Sailing in New Zealand with an index to our own sailing in the Hauraki Gulf, The Bay of Islands and the Coastal Passage between them and on up to Whangaroa Harbour. Also covers our single experience of sailing in the Marlborough Sounds.
New Zealand Books - We have built up a library of books on New Zealand during our visits and have initiated a catalogue. Our books cover many topics from Sailing and Fishing through the Goldfields and Art Deco to Maori Culture.
Interesting Web Sites: We have found a number of useful Web sites on New Zealand that you may want to have a look at.