Karen Plimmer


About me


As I lay back down on the grass they launch themselves simultaneously on top of me. Although it's fun to play tug-o-war with my sleeves by far the greatest prize is a healthy mouthful of hair. Terriers have more energy than all other breeds of dogs put together and young puppies have such pin sharp teeth. So I shield my camera carefully yet forgive them instantly. As I frame the perfect picture, about to press the shutter, one of them leaps onto my face. Finally, the sun drops near the horizon and one by one they begin to tire, each snuggling onto my lap.

This is how my love of photography began. And I look forward to reliving these moments whenever I can.

second love

My love of all things nature soon developed into a passion for landscape photography.

Where you can find me plus my favourite places

I live on the Gold Coast, Australia but at heart I'm a New Zealander. So I love to return home to marvel at snowcapped mountains mirrored in azure lakes and to capture the soul of wild and desolate beaches in my photographs. And to get to my next destination I can't beat driving along quiet country roads dotted with lupins.


Wanaka and Tekapo are my favourite places to visit in New Zealand but on a perfect day the grandeur of the untamed West Coast can't be beaten.

Few day old fox terrier puppy asleep on blue sheepskin
Meercat in sentinel pose on tree stump
Smiling emu portrait on orange background

My most loved photograph as voted by you is You may say I'm a dreamer. Photographers worldwide flock to and adore this willow tree at Lake Wanaka as much as me .

Willow tree reflected in Lake Wanaka with gentle sunrise colours giving a feeling of serenity

I hope that

Through my photographs I hope to inspire people to travel and see the world. For travel can act in a powerful way to change people for the better. I hope that on returning home they act in ways that are kinder to animals, the environment and to humanity.


I hope that their lives are richer through experiences and memories. And when they visit I hope that they hop off the beaten track and muddy their boots for their conversations will be all the richer for doing so.

" Tread lightly on this earth so you can share it with others - animals, people of the third world and future generations”

Pink gaura flowers with colourful bokeh
collage of old photos of me with fox terriers and koala