Banks Peninsula panorama

Taken from the bluff view on the Ōtepatotu Scenic Reserve loop walkway looking out over Akaroa Harbour.

See if you can find the two hotspots in the interactive panorama you can click on to see photos taken from other angles of those parts of the scene.

HDR photo taken just below the bluff:

Akaroa Harbour (HDR)

There was an issue with perspective distortion in the panorama because the camera was angled down to capture the foreground. I couldn’t see any way in Pano2VR to correct this and keep the horizon level so I modified the source panorama image out of PTGui and pad out the height of the image so the horizon was in the middle and then zoom into the image in Pano2VR to crop down to the photo.

More photos of the Banks Peninsula

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After the Christchurch snow storm

Christchurch has been hit by a severe cold front the past 24 hours burying the city in snow. We’ve measured over five inches of snow in our backyard and the Port Hills are blanketed in white. We did get up to Sugar Loaf yesterday afternoon when there was just a light dusting on it but it’s too dangerous to drive up there again today.

See more photos of the Christchurch snow storm on Flickr.

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Mt Cook at winter

We went and stayed at Mt Cook Village for three nights for my 28th birthday last weekend. It wasn’t too cold during the day when the sun was up, but at dawn or after the sun went behind the alps it got quite cold.

The weather was amazingly clear every day we were there with just enough cloud for some lovely sunsets.

Mt Sefton

We couldn’t see Mt Cook from our accomodation at the YHA but we did get a good view of the impressive Mt Sefton:

Mt Sefton at dawn

We could see Mt Cook from just about everywhere else though, including from across Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki:

Mt Cook / Aoraki

There wasn’t much to do because of all the snow; we did amuse ourselves wandering around the village:

Snow-covered bench


… and using telephoto lenses from the roadside:

De La Beche Ridge


We did do an 8.7km walk up the Hooker Valley using snow shoes and got some beatiful views of the Mueller Glacier:

Mueller Glacier

On the way back to Christchurch we stopped in and saw the border collie puppy Pion that we had met a few weeks earlier up Mt Hutt:


Panorama of Mueller Glacier

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Hooker Valley & Mueller Glacier panorama

Taken on the Hooker Valley Track between Mt Sefton on the left and Mt Wakefield on the right, alongside the Hooker River supplier by Mueller Glacier and Hooker Glacier. Half a dozen named glaciers run off Mt Cook/Aoraki into Hooker Glacier from the north although you can’t see Mt Cook in this panorama.

Panorama stitched together from 15 portrait-oriented photos and taken from the top of a ridge that runs parallel to the track passing Mueller Glacier.

See a panorama taken from the snow-covered Hooker Valley Road to the south.

From our 4-day weekend away for my 28th birthday.

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Mt Cook National Park panorama

Panorama taken of Sealy Range, Mt Sefton and the Mt Cook Range on our 8km return walk along the Hooker Valley Track on our 4-day weekend away for my 28th birthday.

See a panorama of the Hooker Valley & Mueller Glacier further north.

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Mt Hutt Range panorama

Interactive panorama of Mount Hutt Range in New Zealand taken from the head of the
Pudding Hill Stream Route. Stitched together from 11 photos.

Click and drag around the panorama. There are also five hotspots on the panorama that you can click on to show photos taken of that part of the scene from a different perspective. For example, click on Mt Hutt to see a photo I took from the chairlift or find the patch of snow that shows a close-up of icicles on plants.

We also met a 4-month-old border collie up in the snow belonging to a Chilean couple who moved here two years and now work on a dairy farm down on the plains.


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Southern Alps panorama

Interactive panorama of the Southern Alps taken during our trip up to Mt Hutt today, stitched together from 12 photos.

Click and drag around the panorama to view the snow-covered mountains.

Also check out my Mt Hutt Range panorama.

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Strategy Safari book review

This book is essential reading for executives, managers, strategists, analysts and design thinkers. Strategy theory can be a dry topic but this book is easy to read with useful diagrams that help explain the different concepts. It offers an objective and well-cited overview of all different styles of strategic thinking rather than advocate one particular style.

The overall message is that each approach has its own strengths and weaknesses, and is useful in different situations – for example the entrepreneurial school and learning school of strategic thought might be better for small, agile startups and businesses while the positioning and planning schools might be better for larger corporations. The power school of strategic thought is probably best for people who like to play games.

A quick overview of the ten schools of strategy, quoting the quick reference table at the back of the book:

Design: Strategy as planned perspective and a process of conception
distinctive competence

Planning: Strategy as decomposed plans or positions and a formal process

Positioning: Strategy as planned generic positions and an analytical process
competitive analysis
generic strategy
strategic groups

Entrepreneurial: Strategy as unique perspective and a visionary process
bold stroke

Cognitive: Strategy as mental perspective and process
cognitive style

Learning: Strategy as learned patterns and emergent process
emergent strategy
core competence
sense making

Power: Strategy as political patterns, positions and ploys, and a process of negotiation
collective strategy

Cultural: Strategy as collective perspective and process

Environmental: Strategy as specific generic positions or niches and a reactive process

Configuration: Strategy as a process of transformation
life cycle

Strategy Safari is available from Book Depository.

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