Photos from New Zealand: Kayaks, Seals, Scenery
Twenty-two students explored the rain forest, glaciers, Maori culture, a bird sanctuary and more during their Spring Term course in New Zealand last May.
Mathematics Professor Mel Nyman and Biology Assistant Professor Mark Oemke, who taught the interdisciplinary course, asked the students to share some of their photos from the trip. Following are some of their favorites.
Two hours after arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand, from left to right, Mayville junior Hannah Bradway, South Lyon junior Rachel Tykoski and Haslett junior Holly Oemke pose on a Moeraki Boulder.
Midland senior Andrew Adan “climbs” up Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s the steepest street in the world. Its steepest section hits about 232 feet!
Whittemore junior Lauren Hunt, Holly Oemke and Hannah Bradway begin their kayak excursion on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park.
Williamston junior Lisa Biering took this picture of “a typical New Zealand braided river,” says Nyman. The group’s excursions, which included visits to an island bird sanctuary and the yellow-eyed penguin reserve, provided for great shots of New Zealand’s scenery.
Rochester Hills senior John Mathieson’s digital SLR came in handy when the group observed these New Zealand fur seals sharing a moment on the rocks below.
Big Rapids junior Geoffrey Bohren braves Curio Bay, which is located on the southeast coast of the South Island. “The rocks here are petrified trees from a forest that was buried under a volcanic eruption eons ago and has now been exposed by the action of the sea,” says Nyman.
These trees are adjacent to Cannibal Beach where the group saw and photographed the fur seals. The prevailing wind from the ocean has shaped the vegetation this way, a unique feature that can be seen in many coastal areas.
Posted: Mon, June 28th, 2010 at 9:29AM