Apologies in advance for the ordinary quality of this photo - from memory it was taken on an old compact in the days when guzzling beer and cracking onto lovely young Kiwi fellas was more of a priority than taking photos.
But it's one of the few photos I have of New Zealand - I wish I could pinch one of Jimkil's amazing shots ;)
I couldn't let the moment pass without remembering the Kiwis today. Last Saturday, 29 miners in Greymouth (South Island) were trapped underground as a result of a gas explosion. Five days elapsed as rescue attempts were planned and were about to be made. Tragically on Wednesday, a further huge explosion occurred, killing all 29 men. The youngest miner was just 17 and it was his first day on the job. New Zealand has been in mourning since the incident, as have we over the Tasman here in Australia for our mates the Kiwis.
This is Mitre Peak in Milford Sound on New Zealand's South Island.
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lousat (92892) 2010-11-25 17:23
Ciao Lisa,abbiamo sentito anche qui in Italia questa terribile notizia e che non ci sono speranze,la tua foto è un dovuto omaggio a chi è stato davvero sfortunato e ha perso la vita senza colpe.Grazie! Luciano.
phwall (6785) 2010-11-25 20:30
Good on you Lisa,
It was a tragedy words can't describe.
A lovely dedication, I'm so proud of you.
May they Rest in Peace.
macondo (19624) 2010-11-25 21:09
No need to apologise for the picture quality - 2000AD was almost pre-digital for most people. Must have been scanned off a print. Anyway, the thought is what counts in this case. It's been a horrific disaster and tragedy for such a small country. Grief seems to be mixed with anger at the moment. One wonders what might have happened had rescuers gone down there earlier; it might have brought on the next explosion. Horrible, the whole thing, especially coming so close to the happy result of the mine disaster in Chile.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-11-25 21:37
Je salue avec toi la mémoire de ces pauvres mineurs et m'associe à la peine de leur famille. Bel hommage.
besnard (56597) 2010-11-25 22:18
Un bel hommage. Je suis de tout coeur avec ces pauvres mineurs et leurs familles qui sont dans la peine.
emka (99999) 2010-11-25 22:23
Beautiful tribute to the miners. Very sad notice. It seemed that everything would end well like in Chile but this time the fate was cruel. Horrible tragedy.May they Rest in Peace.
Hellas (6945) 2010-11-25 22:45
it is tragic and is in your honor to highlight it through an old photograph.
snunney (100774) 2010-11-26 1:21
I echo your sentiments about this tragedy. A very sad event made all the more so when compared to the recent happy outcome in Chile. Mining is a very dangerous occupation; coal mining particularly so.
hardyuno (4650) 2010-11-26 2:29
I love New Zealand since we visited this country and I like the Kiwis a lot, because we experienced much friendliness and a very warm welcome. So also we take part in the sadness, which coming over NZ these days.
Hugs and greetings, also from Christine
dkmurphys (60031) 2010-11-26 3:44
Funny note, well, I've seen so many places back then when photography wasn't my priority...Now I feel bad abou it but I try to go back again. Anyway, impressive place, picturesque and beautiful.
have a nice day.
iainsp (2630) 2010-11-26 5:10
Thanks for putting into words sentiments that so many of us feel, but cannot express as well as you do.
ade71 (2228) 2010-11-26 8:20
Cara Lisa, che tragedia.
vasilpro (41549) 2010-11-26 14:59
Wonderful reflections, lovely colors.
kordinator (20523) 2010-11-27 1:20
Hello dear Lisa
It is quite unfortunate for every lost life of man.
It is very hard work and very risky.
Miners from me eternal glory they receive points.
Workers deserve a lot more but life is cruel sometimes.
Very beautiful photo.
We pray that these people rest in peace.
ifege (10641) 2010-11-27 1:52
I've been to Greymouth where this disaster has taken place Lisa and beautiful country it is but very distressing it has been following the fate of the poor miners who have lost their lives there.
My sympathies go out to all their families and others effected.
peppe59 (14555) 2010-11-27 4:08
Ciao Lisuzza bedda,
uno specchio d'acqua fantastico, la nebbiolina sulle montagne, fantastica atmosfera, un omaggio a chi non c'è più, grazie del pesniero condiviso.
Gerrit (52097) 2010-11-27 10:49
fine idea to show an old photo of indeed bad quality.
A very blue photo; the landscape is great and the composition is very good too.
I posted some of bulgaria where i had a camera of 20 euro. The result is intersting too, like yours here.
jimkil (1706) 2010-11-28 0:09
A heartfelt dedication, I travelled the west coast back in 2003 and you could feel the sense of community down there and it still has not changed, even with the tragedy like this. Any mining countries such as Oz + USA will know what its like to lose miners in bizarre incidents.
On a separate note I hope your running amok days are over, and ill let you off this one because it would be a sin if you never came back and reshoot this famous peak. I have not been yet either, better get my jandals on!!
francio64 (39888) 2010-11-28 6:04
foto che unita alla tua nota, dimostra in te una grande sensibilità d'animo.
Silvio1953 (145645) 2010-11-28 9:34
Ciao Lisa, dedica toccante, magifica la foto con fantastici riflessi, main questi casi la tecnica fotografica non conta è il pensiero che hai avuto per quei poveri lavoratori che è grande, bravissima LIsa, buona settimana, ciao Silvio
mozzy27 (2) 2010-11-29 21:38
A great tragedy for the families of the 29 miners- Rest in Peace.
kiks (12735) 2010-12-03 4:38
Lovely Lisa, that you use this forum and photo to dedicate some moments to this unfortunate man.
Thanks for caring
lilito (3534) 2010-12-04 9:49
J'aime beaucoup le reflet et l'ambiance humide que donne l'arriere plan. Je vois qu'il y a beaucoup de commetaires et très peu de points, je ne trouve pas cela juste; car ta prise de vue n'est pas parfaite mais fait parle énormement, donc on peut dire que c'est une réussite!
Puis ta note est touchante, merci!
pajaran (61882) 2010-12-06 13:45
Zalosno je sto rudari ginu, tragedija.
Lep pogled preko refleksa u vodi na mocnu planinu i nebo, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar prikaz lepom fotografijom i trenutkom snimak.
It is sad that miners are killed, a tragedy.
Nice view over the reflex leads to a powerful mountain and sky, good composition.
A good view nice photograph and the moment of recording.
All the best.
photoray (13981) 2012-02-12 5:04
Fine view of Mitre Peak mirrored and misty on top, with dark contrast.
And a fine tribute to young and old people risking their lives under ground to mine coal.
In our West, most of the coal is mined by huge machines gouging out everything in their way to get to the black gold. The bad news, is they leave behind an environmental nightmare when they are finished.
Have a great day, everyday,