Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pink skies, pigs and whales..........

These are pictures taken a few days ago in Niuatoputapu....ever heard of that island?  I hadn't, either.  It's somewhere between Tonga and New Zealand.  Ms. Z is there in the 16th month of her sailing trip.   SO many fantastic pictures but I thought these were neat..........she said the island has pigs everywhere...........and that pink sky is so gorgeous!
Here are a few of the children playing...........wonderful...
I don't know anything about them, but I couldn't help thinking how amazing it is that they have no idea their pictures are being seen by Americans across this country on GeeeeZ.   I love that.
I'll leave you with this:
I'm not too much of a 'pretty picture' admirer of photography;  I like gritty pictures of people/buildings, and mostly black/white, but these are so nice I had to share them, compliments of Ms. Z, whose dad died four years ago today.  He'd be so excited about her sailing adventure.



Jen Nifer said...

Beautiful, Z.

Remembering Mr. Z today. Xoxoxo

Jen Nifer said...
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My Conservative Values said...

George Whyte said...
"Hey you veteran-loving phony TeaPubs, cry us a fekken river:
In SEPTEMBER, the Pentagon told the Republicans about the service men's survivors benefits going unfunded if they shut down the government, and they shut it down anyway"


Talking about "PIGS" George Whyte is a good example.

Always On Watch said...

Do pigs just roam the streets?

sue hanes said...

Z - Has it really been four years.

I knew those were Ms.Z photos. No one takes pictures like she does.

You will be in my prayers today.

Z said...

Jen, thanks so much.

AOW, yes, she said she's never seen anything like it...pigs everywhere!

Sue, I appreciate those prayers.

Please go to

Mustang did such a beautiful tribute to Mr. Z.

My Cons. Values...and they're finding out now, thanks to FOX (no other media outlet cares), that the administration had known about the service mens' benefits for days and did nothing until conservatives sounded the call.
I wish the entitlement grabbers would finally understand how bad Obamacare really is and why the GOP had to stick to their guns. Someday, they'll wish they'd sided with the GOP and tried everything to get this gov't to slow down and be thoughtful and figure out what to change and how to help others while not destroying the healthcare of the rest of us. But, alas.

FreeThinke said...

Good morning, Z. The pictures are wonderful, and coming directly from his brave, adventurous daughter as they have, they make an especially fitting tribute to your dear husband whom I remember very well. He was an excellent photographer, himself, wasn't he?

I'm glad too that you have indicated that there is an important difference between true beauty and mere "prettiness."

Those children have such beautiful faces. I'd love to learn more about them -- what language do they speak? -- what is their ethnic heritage? -- what do they do to sustain and amuse themselves on a small Pacific island? -- are they in touch with the larger world and ware of all the crises that trouble us so greatly? -- what role did they play, if any, in World War Two, etc.

Ms. Z really ought to be putting all her material together to be published in The National Geographic. It would make a fine article -- possibly a whole SERIES of articles.

Z said...

FT..thanks.Yes, Mr Z had a terrific eye, too.

She is scheduling speaking engagements in LA in mid January thru February, when she'll be here after New Zealand. She'll also be lecturing to a photography class at the school I'm associated with.

She plans on publishing, too, in some way.

Please Google the name of the island...I think I included it in my post; I hope you find out information on it! Your questions are good ones.

I will say that she has been on islands where they have no stores at all. They radio other larger islands and, WHEN tourist sailboats are going to stop by, stores will send things to those remote islanders thru those sailors. Amazing lives. NO exterior input...very few people. interesting. I can't imagine what inbreeding occurs, come to think of it!

Joe Conservative said...

The colours are astounding!

Ed Bonderenka said...

MCV: Good call.
Z: Beautiful pix.
Don't you think all that gorgeous scenery would get boring after a while.
No, I didn't think so.
Don't know what to say, but I pray you get through the day remembering how wonderful Mr. Z was without getting sad over missing him.

Impertinent said...


You already know How I feel.

Brooke said...

That is such a wonderful place on this planet.

She's got an eye like her father, who we all remember fondly!

Anonymous said...


thanks, everybody....

Two students brought me a dozen red roses (one of them and I'd talked about French food recently and she asked what Mr Z did in France and what he does now, so I told her about today)....and a teacher brought a plant and card. Amazing people.

As are all of you. z

Pris said...

Dear Z,
These photos are beautiful! You are so right, that Mr. Z would be so proud of his daughter and her adventurous spirit.

My prayers are also with you today. Mr.Z was such a good man.

Impertinent said...

There's a couple good me that are missed very much here.

Impertinent said... apologies.

christian soldier said...

I know you miss him--

Kid said...

Wonderful pictures as usual Z. My best to you always.

Z said...

I'm so fond of you all.

Some of you've been commenting with me all the way back to when Front Page was a terrific blog; that must be about 12 years now because I was still in Paris when I started that, I believe.

ALL of your caring comments touch me. Thank you. What truly good people you are.

FreeThinke said...

There is an airport in Niuatoputapu, Mataʻaho airport, which is designated to accept international flights. The population of Niuatoputapu was 934 in 2006. The inhabitants formerly spoke the Niuatoputapu language, but it has now been extinct for centuries. Now the inhabitants speak Tongan. Nevertheless Sāmoan, ʻUvean and Futunan elements can be noticed.

All this stuff about the island appears on Google, but very little is said about the people, themselves, and the way the people live, etc.

1. Niuatoputapu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia‎


For the 2009 tsunami, see the main article: 2009 Samoa tsunami. Niuatoputapu is an island in the island nation of Tonga, Pacific Ocean. Its name means sacred  ...‎Geography - ‎History - ‎Popular culture - ‎2009 Tsunami

Niuatoputapu - YouTube

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Feb 18, 2009 - Uploaded by makamimisi
Thumbnail 49 videos Thumbnail Play all YouTube Mix - Niuatoputapu · 5:14. Watch Later 'eseni e vaomapaby ...

Niuatoputapu Airport - Tonga Airports Limited‎


Niuatoputapu Airport. Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou, collectively refered to as The Niua's, are the farthest north of all the islands of Tonga, lying halfway between ...

Restoring the livelihoods of Tonga's Niuatoputapu ... - World Bank › News › Results Profiles › By Region / Country‎


BACKGROUND. Niuatoputapu is one of the two inhabited islands in Tonga's Niua group, located in the northern-most part of Tonga. The total population of ...

Niuatoputapu (island, Tonga) -- Encyclopedia Britannica‎


One of the northernmost islands of Tonga, in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Of volcanic origin, the island has an area of 6 square miles (16 square km) and ...

Niuatoputapu Island Vacations: things to do in ... - TripAdvisor › South Pacific › Tonga‎


Niuatoputapu Island Vacations: TripAdvisor has reviews of Niuatoputapu Island Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Niuatoputapu Island ..

Island Hotels: Compare Hotels in ... - TripAdvisor › South Pacific › Tonga › Niuatoputapu Island‎


Niuatoputapu Island Hotels on TripAdvisor: Find traveler reviews, candid photos, and prices for hotels in Niuatoputapu Island, Tonga.

Niuatoputapu - SV Passage‎


Checking in was a “different” experience, but we did get checked in. We got the boat put back together, we got ourselves cleaned up, and we slept briefly.

Niuatoputapu, Tonga - s/v Quest Adventure Log‎


This beautiful view is of the anchorage in Niuatoputapu. The entrance wasn't too bad except for the fact that if you followed the range markers you would go ...

The Niuas, Tonga - Travel Guide, Info & Bookings – Lonely Planet‎


The highest-quality white mats are made in Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou, while Tafahi kava (an intoxicating drink made from the root of the pepper shru

Europeans first discovered the place in 1616.

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is MS Z. Thank you all for your wonderful comments especially about my beloved dad, whom we all miss a lot. I admire my wonderful stepmom Z every day for her strength on the loss of her dear husband. Love you, Z!
And thanks for your enjoying my pix.