NZ comes out in the wash

03:04, Jan 08 2014
Nick Dalgety
AOTEAROAST: The bubbly map of New Zealand.

Think you can get more Kiwi than roast lamb on a summer holiday at the bach? This photo by Nick Dalgety takes it one step further.

This bubbly image appeared in a roasting tray while the Dalgety family were on holiday at their grandfather's bach in Kaiteriteri last week.

After eating a roast leg of lamb, Mr Dalgety's 16-year-old son Luke noticed the patriotic pattern emerging in the bubbles while he was washing up.

Nick Dalgety
CLEAN VIEW: Nick Dalgety and son Luke with the tools that created a bubbly map of New Zealand.

"I managed to get my son doing dishes, which is an unusual feat, and then he got me to come over," Mr Dalgety said.

He soon realised that with no tampering on his son's behalf, the suds seemed to roughly form into the shape of New Zealand.

"The first thing that came to my mind was those old maps that [Captain] Cook used to produce."

He was also particularly pleased that the soapy map appeared to shine a spotlight on Nelson with a small cluster of bubbles in the middle. As a senior policy analyst for the Ministry of Primary Industries, Mr Dalgety said he was always happy to help put the country and the region on the map.

Mr Dalgety entered the photo in the Nelson Mail's Summer Snaps competition. Other entries appear on page 6 today.

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