Pete McGregor

Joined: Dec 16, 2012 Last Active: May 13, 2024 iNaturalist NZ

I've loved strange and wild things and strange and wild places for as long as I can remember. During my undergraduate and doctoral degrees I maintained a collection of preserved insects but now have no urge to kill the things that fascinate me; instead, I'm more likely to photograph them and sometimes write about them. In fact, writing and photographing are probably my main compulsions.

I used to work for Landcare Research, where I eventually ended up as Team Leader for what was then called the Applied Terrestrial Ecology team. I jumped ship in 2004 and have travelled extensively since then, including in some strange and wild places. This confirmed my delight in those kinds of places and their inhabitants. I now tutor for Massey University's School of People, Environment, and Planning. I lived in the Pohangina Valley on the western side of the southern Ruahine Range for over two decades but had to shift to Palmerston North in 2022. In late January 2020 I returned from a fourth journey in India and Nepal.

I blog occasionally at Pohanginapete and, until 2018, produced the photoblog The Ruins of the Moment. You can now follow my photos mainly on my Instagram account.

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