Luminations from the Land of Lord of the Rings

Greetings and Salutation’s,

I am writing from Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast, Australia on a magnificent sub- tropical summer’s day.
To say that I am grateful to call this stunning beach, bay, headland, ocean, maker of extra ordinary surfing waves, home, is an understatement of the highest order!

What an amazing place to come back to after two weeks of traveling through and photographing the west coast and north-west of the South Island of New Zealand.

10 nights of camping the last five of which were spent on the Canaan Downs, one of the prime locations for the filming of Lord of the Rings.

A location that just happened to  coincide with heaps of great music and lot’s of dancing  at ‘Luminate 09’, music/lifestyle festival high up in the mountains bordering the Abel Tasman National Park.

My version of these shenanigans, the magnificence of this planet and its amazing array of inhabitants photographically follows.

It has been incredibly difficult to get back in the virtual saddle after such a memorable, almost entirely virtually devoid start to 2009.
Today I return to a potentially all consuming virtual world, earthed and ocean’d out, I thank for your patience and understanding.

As a result of my recent travels I have re committed to maintaining some semblance of balance between the virtual and real worlds for the duration of 2009.


It is with a distinct sense of disbelief that I read the headlines, see and hear the broadcasts of the tragedy unfolding in Victoria’s unrelenting bushfires, 60% of Queensland utterly flooded for more than two weeks, Fiji devastated by recent flooding, all of these natural phenomena occuring in our tiny little corner of the globe!

Mother nature flexing some muscle and showing us the size of her guns, my heart goes out to all affected by these climatic extremes.

How could I not be absolutely grateful to live where I do, to work with a truly unique team of very talented colleagues, teach and practice acupuncture with an such exceptional group of enthusiastic students, all in the process of caring for our often inspirational, always amazing patients.

img2009-01-29-072504_edit_blogLuminate 09

img2009-01-30-082732_edit_blogTasman Bay and Nelson from the road to Canaan Downs

img2009-01-29-071348_edit_blogOne lane, instant 300 foot drop, no guardrail, look mum no hands, NOT likely!

img2009-01-29-072139_edit_blogThe Entrance to Canaan Downs

img2009-01-29-073318edit_blogLocals hangin out

img2009-01-29-070519_edit_blogDisappearing into an enchanted Forest

img2009-01-28-175729_edit_blogThe Enchanted Tree

img2009-01-30-082930_edit_blogDeep Within The Forest

img2009-01-28-162116_edit_blogOne Festival Comin Up

img2009-01-29-050925_edit_blogCamp on the First Night on the Canaan Downs

img2009-01-28-175907_edit_blogFestival Site 2 days prior to opening

img2009-01-29-050938_edit_blogThe Vital Ingredient

img2009-01-29-122310_edit_blogTo Which All Roads Lead

More Images Soon

About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.


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