This book is not about astronomy. It is a book of photographs of New Zealand taken during two early autumn tours, the first to the North Island in March 2000 and the second to the South Island in March 2001. The scenery is so beautiful it eclipses that of any other country in this author's experience.
Far from western societies and surrounded by ocean, New Zealand is sparsely settled. Fresh air, clean cities and towns, varied countryside, seemingly endless miles of lonely beaches, and large wilderness areas predominate. The result is a land made for outdoor living and a paradise for landscape photography.
New Zealand has the reputation of having within its borders most of the various types of scenic landscape the world has to offer. I went there to see this for myself: the World in Macrocosm.
Lieberdavid is a retired high school mathematics teacher with a life long interest in photography. A birthday gift of a Kodak Brownie from a sister got him started. Later he switched to 35mm and took pictures at school and of trains, another interest. Eventually he upgraded to the Leica system. The color enlargements turned out better than he had thought possible with 35mm. He has used Leica film cameras, single lens reflex or rangefinder models, and lenses exclusively for more than 30 years. Photographs of family and friends are of course usual subjects, but much of the material of his photography comes from travel experiences and a continuing interest in railroading. Favorite subjects are Maine, Thailand, and trains. Lieberdavid lives in Thailand for most of the year but spends summers at his Moosehead Lake home in Maine.
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